Want to see England’s gardens without the crowds? Check these out

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Photo credit: ©VisitBritain/ Helen Fickling
Photo credit: ©VisitBritain/ Helen Fickling

From Country Living

Want to relax, de-stress and soak up some of nature’s peaceful energy? Why not take a virtual tour of a tranquil English garden?

With a little help from our friends at VisitEngland, we’ve brought you some of the most stunning green havens in the country that you can discover from the comfort of your own home.

These incredible virtual tours of gardens (which you can enjoy without the crowds!) prove that you don’t have to miss out on the beauty of the season just because we’re still in lockdown.

Feast your eyes on these fabulous garden tours, from the lily pads and poppies of Hidcote to Trentham’s Spring Bulb Festival. And don’t forget to sign up to hear about our financially protected holidays for when it’s safe to travel again.

Kew from above

Take a few minutes to enjoy the wonderful scenes from one of England’s most famous horticultural hotspots with a virtual tour of Kew Gardens.

Photo credit: Mike Kemp - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Kemp – Getty Images

Giving you a bird’s-eye-view of Kew’s iconic glasshouse, pagoda and tranquil outdoor spaces, this tour offers a virtual slice of the London attraction’s tranquillity and grandeur.

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England’s birdsong and bluebells

For relaxing birdsong and uplifting floral scenes, immerse yourself in a trip through some of England’s beautiful bluebell woods. Many of these sites are maintained by the National Trust and this video is perfect for relaxing or meditating to the sounds of nature in England, one of the Trust’s main aims.

Photo credit: Iskandar Lasbury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Iskandar Lasbury – Getty Images

Classic places that showcase blooming springtime bluebells include The Vyne in Hampshire, Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex and Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire.

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Hidcote’s lily pads and poppies

Want to discover your own secret garden? Enjoy a virtual mosey around 360-degree imagery, one of the best know arts and crafts gardens in England.

Photo credit: Jennifer Sanerkin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jennifer Sanerkin – Getty Images

With scenes that range from the poppy-filled red borders to the climbing plants in the plant house and a pond complete with delicate lily pads, there’s plenty to explore on this virtual garden tour.

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Waddesdon Manor’s Victorian extravagance

Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild for the sole purpose of hosting extravagant parties, Waddesdon Manor and its gardens in Buckinghamshire have a history of marvelling visitors which dates back to the 1880s.

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Photo credit: sebasebo – Getty Images

If you want to step into Rothschild’s world, the grand manor house, tropical bird aviary and blissful gardens can now be explored online, while a tour of the grand house’s interior can also be enjoyed.

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A Cotswold garden fit for a prince

Experience a taste of royal life on a tour of Highgrove Gardens – the grounds of Prince Charles’ private residence – with this online guide.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson
Photo credit: Chris Jackson

Offering a chance to see the majestic mosaic water feature, blossoming wisteria and the stumpery, the tour takes you to the virtual world of horticultural elegance.

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Trentham Gardens’ Spring Bulb Festival

Trentham Gardens, one of the most popular paid-for garden attractions in England, has brought its biggest Spring Bulb Festival Festival to the web. Time-lapse cameras installed within the historic gardens, offer a chance to get your garden fix without leaving your home.

Photo credit: Trentham Estate/Facebook
Photo credit: Trentham Estate/Facebook

Trentham’s talented team of gardeners were busy throughout autumn 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 – to create a riot of colour this spring.

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The first-ever virtual RHS Chelsea

Poised to inspire garden lovers in this unprecedented time, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is entirely online in 2020. This remarkable online flower show includes an array of free virtual gardening events, family-friendly activities, exclusive tours and educational talks between 19 and 23 May.

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Photo credit: BethAmber – Getty Images

The online celebration features ‘school gardening clubs’, ‘potting bench’ demonstrations, interactive Q&A sessions with RHS advisers and exclusive tours of leading gardening experts’ personal gardens. It’s unlikely that this online show will be repeated so you won’t want to miss it.

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