Choices in Virtual Garden Tours

Choices in Virtual Garden Tours




With so many people eager to see gardens without leaving your back porch and laptop, House Beautiful released a list of recommended virtual garden tours, which has been shared widely.

My favorites of the five:

Above, Claude Monet’s Giverny.

I watched the one about Kew Gardens (above) was surprised by the size and variety of gardens there, including a space-age-looking alpine house.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Next I noticed Yahoo’s “Plans Canceled? Take a Virtual Stroll Through Some of the Nation’s Best Botanical Gardens” and it turns out they’re not videos some virtual technology I don’t recognize – like this in Buffalo or the one for the U.S. Botanic Garden. Call me a yahoo but I don’t GET how to use them.

So what else is out there for sheer viewing pleasure and to inspire our own gardening? It’s spring, time to dream, and our garden centers have been deemed essential!

Garden Videos by Magazines

Honestly I’m usually bored by famous, grand gardens but I love seeing private gardens, and gardening magazines have produced some great videos that do that.

Garden Tours at Good Gardening Videos

But for hundreds more videos of gardens, including many interviews with the gardeners themselves, I humbly recommend Good Gardening Videos, a site I edit.

Video tours of gardens by designers.

For garden tours we have three types – first Gardens by Designers.

Video tours of home gardens, with interviews.

The collection of Home Gardens tours is indebted especially to Central Texas Gardener.

Public garden videos include Monticello and Chanticleer.

The Gardens to Visit are public gardens that are best visited by video only. 




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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.



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