- Author: JoAnn Brown
From the comfort of your own home, you can tour famous gardens from around the world and enjoy a relaxing time admiring the beauty that they bring. There are hundreds of virtual garden tours available to view, each offering their own unique approach to cultivating and creating gardens.
Below are links to a variety of tours that are offered. Take some time to sneak a peek into the creative gardening endeavors.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens in England
Take a 360-degree virtual tour to see the inside of the world's largest Victorian glasshouse. Use your mouse to make your tour more interactive. This garden has 50,000 living plants to view. Many learning opportunities can be found on the website kew.org. You can learn more about the science behind their plants and glasshouses, view their Carnivorous plant collection, and gather kitchen garden tips on growing sustainable food.
Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny
Visit the famous garden of the painter Monet and discover that he wasn't just an amazing painter he was also an avid gardener.
UC Davis Arboretum & Public Gardens
We are fortunate to have an amazing garden in our own backyard! The UC Davis Arboretum & Public Gardens encompasses the campus's 5300 acres. This website has numerous learning opportunities as well as virtual tours of its Pollinator Paradise, Waterway Wildlife, and more! Check out the virtual tour and learn about the Native plants and animals in our area.
UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Another local garden is the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden established in 1890. This 34-acre botanical garden is considered one of the most diverse in the world. One of the major collections is of California native plants. They offer virtual tours of many of their unique collections, Asia, Australasia, California, Deserts of the Americas, Herb Garden, and many more!
United States Botanical Gardens
George Washington had a vision for a botanic garden in the capital city over 200 years ago. There are virtual tours of their outdoor gardens, the Conservatory, Bartholdi Fountain & gardens, and the 2020 Orchid Show.
This California Library has a stunning 120 acre garden with 16 themed gardens, including collections of orchids, cycads, camellias, and bonsai. The Huntington Botanical Gardens also has a Herbarium with a database of plants.
Connect with Nature and cultivate your own well-being at the Bloedel Reserve, a public garden designed with Pacific Northwest landscapes.
Strolls for Well-Being from the Bloedel Reserve combine wellness and virtual garden tours with weekly strolls through their public garden.
I hope you enjoy a look at these beautiful gardens.