We’ve rounded up our top 10 virtual garden tours that you can take part in right now. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll journey to each garden – instead, have a nose around stunning plots from Scotland to Kent from the comfort of your own sofa.
Virtual garden tours around UK gardens
1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE)
Spring looks good on Edinburgh Botanic, as can be seen in two spring 2020 videos shot here by horticultarlist Kirsty Wilson. Take in beautiful carpets of crocus and daffodils as well as the bright blooms of forsythia, cherry blossom and magnolia up above. To watch more videos of RGBE’s four Scottish gardens, visit vimeo.com.
2. Arundel Castle
This is only a ‘teaser’ video from the team at Arundel Castle to show us the glorious grounds during its biggest annual tulip festival to date. If this is a teaser, we really can’t wait for the whole thing, which will showcase its collection of over 80,000 tulips. To check for updates, visit tulipfestival.co.uk.
3. Woodlands Farm
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) has launched a virtual library of tours around its gardens, which it will add to over the coming weeks. Everyone is invited to view and enjoy these videos, and then make a donation in lieu of what they would have spent on a garden visit. In the video above, enjoy a spring tour around the spectacular garden at Woodlands Farm in Gwent by the owner. To watch all of the videos, including a tour around Alan Titchmarsh’s garden, and to find out more about the fundraising campaign, visit ngs.org.uk.
We’ve had such a positive response to our photographs and video of our stunning Nectarine Glasshouse that we thought you’d welcome an opportunity to ‘step inside’, from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy! #westdeantogether pic.twitter.com/XrDNBNAusg
— West Dean Gardens (@westdeangardens) April 4, 2020
4. West Dean
In a period of great uncertainty, everyone can at least agree that the Nectarine Glasshouse at West Dean is currently a sight to behold. It doesn’t stop in this glasshouse – there are so many other areas of this beautiful West Sussex garden to admire. You can do so by following West Dean and head gardener Tom Brown on Twitter, @westdeangardens and @HeadGardenerTom.
5. Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Take a weekly ‘wellness wander’ around the beautiful grounds at Cambridge Botanic with head of horticulture Sally Petitt. Admire different areas of the garden as she talks to you about what you’re looking at. For more information about these videos, visit botanic.cam.ac.uk.
6. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Take a series of short virtual tours around different areas of Kew Gardens. New videos are added on a weekly basis and all include text, so you can learn more about the amazing variety of plants grown on this central London site. Find more videos at youtube.com.
7. Highgrove Gardens
A slight diversion from the video tour format, this brilliant slideshow combines gloriously high resolution images alongside nuggets of information about the garden. And, if you’re missing the immersive effect of a film, don’t despair – there are a few of those thrown in too. Find the stunning tour here.
8. RHS Wisley
Another non-video-focussed favourite is Wisley’s page on the RHS website. Here, you can explore a multitude of different areas in the Surrey garden that houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. Click on whichever area takes your fancy and enjoy beautiful images and information about points of interest throughout the seasons. Find the virtual tour at rhs.org.uk.
— Tamsin Westhorpe (@tamsinwesthorpe) April 7, 2020
9. Stockton Bury Gardens
This whimsical bed of nodding tulips is just one of the many delights to discover at Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire. Join director Tamsin Westhorpe on Twitter as she introduces you to a delightful new area or plant variety every day. To admire more of the gardens, follow @tamsinwesthorpe.
10. Great Comp
Curator William Dyson has been busy filming beloved areas of Great Comp Garden in Kent over the past few weeks. From beautiful shots of the garden waking up at sunrise, to a virtual tour around the new ‘Bambooserie’, to a woodland walk at dusk, it’s worth checking out Great Comp’s YouTube channel for your daily nature fix. We particularly enjoyed listening to the glorious chorus of morning birdsong in the video above.