Virtual Garden Tours Are on the Rise

Published on April 27th 2020
Tulips at Hever Castle
Numerous studies confirm how being in nature is crucial for our wellbeing, but with many gardens closed and most of us having to self-isolate organisations are finding new creative ways to bring nature to us.
During this time of crisis, a multitude of virtual garden tours are emerging online to lift our spirits. Thanks to these, we can get a boost from beautiful gardens from the safety of our own home.

Candide Gardening

We, at Candide, are bringing you a variety of virtual tours of the most stunning gardens to our app for you to enjoy.
Audiences can expect a feast for their eyes as they view remarkable sights filmed exclusively by gardeners and garden owners.
Gordon Castle
Image credit: Andrew Philbrick.
This will include 360-degree images of The Newt in Somerset and Chelsea Physic Garden in addition to ambient videos from Gordon Castle in Scotland and Arley Hall in Cheshire.
These will be available within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, we have over 100 audio garden tours which you can stream from the comfort of your living room.
Gordon Castle
Image credit: Andrew Philbrick.
©National Garden Scheme.

National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is just one company encouraging people to virtually visit their inspirational gardens to support the nursing and health charities for which it has raised money since its foundation.
They have launched a new campaign, led by Britain’s most famous gardener Alan Titchmarsh, in an effort to raise funds to make up the shortfall in donations caused by their gardens being closed for the first time in its 93-year history.
NGS CEO, George Plumptre says: ‘The wonderful content that we are sharing while our gardens are closed provides an inspirational reminder of exactly why gardens and gardening are so important to us all. And, with your continued support while we are virtually open we hope to continue to open the gates to exceptional gardens, champion gardens for health, and support some of the most vital nursing charities in the country for many years to come.’
Hever Castle
Image credit: Hever Castle.
As well as privileged glimpses of Alan’s private garden in Hampshire, viewers can experience incredible tulip-rich sights of the historic Dunsborough Park in Surrey as well as the chance to indulge in gorgeous spring displays at Hever Castle in Kent.
A new collection of videos will be released on the NGS website every Thursday. You can make a donation to the ‘Help Support Our Nurses’ campaign and get involved by using the hashtag #WeSupportNurses.

The National Trust

Further, The National Trust are sharing a range of 360-degree views of places under their care.
You can explore sensational outdoor scenes of the world-renowned Sissinghurst Castle Garden in your dressing gown and admire rows of white and blue hyacinths at Anglesey Abbey Garden while having a cuppa.
Anglesey Abbey Garden
©National Trust/John Millar.
National plant conservation specialist for the Trust, Simon Toomer explains: ‘We know that people – particularly those who don’t have a garden of their own – are missing our gardens during this lockdown period, especially on those sunny warmer days. Of course, while a virtual tour can’t engage all of the senses in the way that a physical visit can, the sight of plants growing and blooming on our computer screens can still bring colour and joy in these challenging times.
‘We hope virtual garden tours will lift peoples’ spirits and help us look forward to many happy hours of garden visiting later in the year.’
All of these can be accessed on their website.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
©National Trust/Andrew Butler.

It doesn’t end there!

You can also take a virtual tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens powered by Google Earth. Plus, Royal Botanic Gardens are offering a series of short virtual tours around different areas of Kew Gardens in central London, with new videos being uploaded on a weekly basis.
Meanwhile, the team at Arundel Castle in West Sussex has released a clip featuring the glorious grounds home to its biggest annual tulip festival to date. It also showcases its collection of over 80,000 tulips. Visit their website for further updates on the displays.
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