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A sprinkling of England’s horticulture hotspots

 

Dusty pink geraniums, draping wisteria, beds and borders overflowing with floral displays and packed plant pots jammed full of colour, the English Garden is blooming, especially with the reopening of garden centres..

With so many stunning green havens around the country, more opportunities are blossoming to enjoy nature’s peaceful energy through virtual tours of tranquil gardens, all from the comfort of your own home. From stately homes, botanical gardens, bluebell woods and floral festivals, there are now new and convenient ways to take a peek and immerse yourself in nature’s own displays.

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flowers

Kew from above

The botanical gardens in Kew is one of London’s top attractions and known for its research worldwide. It is home to a pagoda, iconic glasshouse and of course many a tranquil corner all brought to you online. This virtual tour of Kew Gardens offers a bird’s eye view of its true grandeur.

Fit for Royalty

For a taste of royal life, dress appropriately for a tour of the grounds of Prince Charles’ private residence.  Make an appointment with yourself to visit the online guide of Highgrove Gardens to view the wisteria, stumpery and the mosaic water feature. 

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flowers

Victorian Indulgence

Dating back to the 1880s, Waddeson Manor and gardens in Buckinghamshire has a history of marvelling visitors It was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild for the purpose of hosting extravagant parties.  You can join the party and step into Rothschild’s world. The grand manor house and its interiors, tropical bird aviary and the blissful gardens can now be explored online. 

Birdsong and bluebells

Laid as a carpet of blue and a haze of colour treading the ground underfoot, bluebell woods offer an amazing serene and uplifting experience.  Tranquil settings such as these make for a perfect backdrop for relaxing and even meditating. Many are maintained by the National Trust. Renowned locations to view and experience online include The Vyne in Hampshire, Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex and Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire.

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fountain

Secret Gardens

Climbing plants and pretty poses, delicate lily pads relaxing on picturesque ponds, what does a secret garden mean to you?  Check out the 360 ° imagery of Gloucestershire’s Hidcote Manor Gardens to compare notes.

Spring Bulbs Galore

If you are looking for riot of colour visit the Spring Bulb Festival.  Trentham Gardens, is one of the most popular paid-for garden attractions in England and is bringing its biggest Spring Bulb Festival online. The team at Trentham Gardens has been busy preparing and adding more than 130,000 extra bulbs, including another 26,000 bulbs in the Upper Flower Garden displays, and 27,000 bulbs to the ‘Sunny Meadows’ perennial mix. 

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geranium

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Although the star-studded RHS Chelsea Flower Show will not be open this year, poise yourself instead for a virtual version. This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 will be celebrated digitally.

Created to inspire garden lovers the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be hosted entirely online. This noteworthy online flower show will include an array of free virtual gardening events, family-friendly activities, exclusive tours and educational talks running from 18 to 23 May.

The event will feature ‘school gardening clubs’, a set of daily activities for families wanting to get creative in the garden while more in-depth techniques can be learnt through ‘potting bench’ demonstrations. There will also be interactive Q&A sessions with RHS advisers and special guests. Those who would have showcased their fantastic floral displays at RHS Chelsea will also give a behind-the-scenes peek into their nurseries.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

 

With flowers, gardens and outdoor spaces onscreen, virtual English garden tours bring nature indoors to nurture your horticultural addiction to sow, cultivate and flourish your interest in the beauty of landscaped places.  Just as the doctor ordered, gardens, horticulture and nature’s open space are key to maintaining health and wellness.

 

 

Jane Wilson is editor of Thehealthcareholiday.com and Thewellnesstraveller.co.uk.