Last Updated on June 7, 2023 by Lori
If you find you need an escape – and a back-to-nature experience is what you are looking for – then you’ll want to dive right into these virtual garden tours! These seven tours are all free and you can watch them online from the comfort of your own home.
We are well into April now, and for most of us, Spring is, uh…springing up all around us.
One of my favorite activities this time of year is to tour gardens and arboretums and enjoy the beauty they provide. Of course, many of these are located thousands of miles away from my home, and visiting them is not an option.
Why Should You Watch a Virtual Tour?
If we can’t see the gardens in person, we can at least enjoy them through our screens.
I have collected my favorite virtual tours of beautiful gardens.
I have not had the good fortune to visit any of these gardens but have thoroughly immersed myself in these tours. Each and every one of them now makes my “someday visit” list!
For now, the virtual tours of these beautiful gardens offer a few minutes of respite that is soothing and rejuvenating to the soul.
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7 Virtual Garden Tours You Can Take from Home
Click on any of the garden names below, and you’ll be taken directly to a virtual tour.
If you like what you see, keep searching – many of these sites have multiple virtual tours, each a little different.
And, of course, there are plenty of other garden tours to watch.
I just picked a few of my personal favorites.
Be drawn into the eternal beauty that nature provides.
Our first virtual garden tour is a five-minute tour of the incredible expansive gardens surrounding The Biltmore Estate, located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
I can’t believe I lived in North Carolina for eleven years and never made a visit here! I really missed an opportunity there. Where was my head at?
George Vanderbilt spared no expense in creating his magnificent home or his equally comparable gardens. These formal gardens cover many acres both indoors and out.
The magnolias are stunning with their spring colors, and the espaliered pears and crabapples are blooming in this tour as well.
Be sure to watch until the end for a tour of the garden statuary, of which there are dozens.
It is just incredible to think that this was all created as a private family garden.
Next, fly across the US and over the Pacific Ocean and you will arrive at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Papaikou, Hawaii.
These four acres of tropical forests are packed full of orchids, giant bamboo, and more than 200 species of palm trees.
In this 90 second video, you’ll travel on an elevated path past waterfalls, streams, and fern forests.
It’s a completely different feel from the first tour, and equally stunning!
If you have a love for orchids, this is absolutely the virtual garden tour you want to take.
This is orchid heaven.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend the next nine minutes taking in the drone footage of this beautiful tropical garden and you will understand why.
The artist Claude Monet, of course, needs no introduction. This picturesque garden located in Giverny, France, is said to have inspired hundreds of his paintings.
Monet spent the last twenty years of his life tending this garden, which he considered his ultimate artistic masterpiece.
In just under six minutes, you will view a magical landscape in springtime filled with overflowing greenery and vibrant floral species, and of course, the famous water lily pond from so many of his paintings.
I love the rich abundance of flowers in this garden.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are located on the outskirts of London, England. With an extraordinary diversity of plants, including more than 14,000 trees, it is a beautiful landscape.
This six-and-a-half-minute tour covers much of the grounds, and highlights the top ten attractions, which include a palace, Chinese pagoda, and even a treetop walkway!
This is a terrific tour of a garden I was somehow completely unfamiliar with. Now, I can’t wait to visit!
In a short two minutes, this tour showcases more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Filmed in April 2020, this is heaven for tulip lovers like me! The colors are absolutely stunning.
Located in The Netherlands, The Keukenhof is considered to be perhaps the most beautiful spring garden in the world, and viewing this tour, it’s easy to believe that.
This one left me pretty much speechless.
Imagine if Disneyland and the New Year’s Day Rose Parade had a baby.
An enormous, gaudy, over-the-top, opulent baby.
When you view this tour, you will see what I mean when I say that’s just what it looks like.
Located on the outer edge of Dubai, UAE, this is a relatively new garden, having opened in 2013.
I was actually in Dubai a couple of years ago and had planned to see the Miracle Garden in person. Unfortunately, the weather was already too hot and the garden had closed for the season by late April (when it was around 106 degrees each day).
The Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden. It features over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
What really sets it apart from every other garden is the creativity used to build unique structures such as houses, animals, and even an airplane – all out of flowers.
Truly a unique experience, this tour is a must-watch.
Bonus: 6+ More Virtual Garden Tours for You to Enjoy!
- The Gardens at Waddesdon Manor
- RHS Garden Wisley
- Chicago Botanic Garden
- U.S. Botanic Garden
- Scotland’s Garden Scheme
- Gardens Illustrated (a page full of tours!)
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Final Thoughts on Virtual Garden Tours: Explore the Wonders of Nature Without Leaving Home
Fortunately, we can watch enjoy the beauty of these virtual garden tours anytime we like without ever leaving home, putting on shoes, or changing out of our jammies.
Regardless of the season, we can experience the flowers of spring and summer, the foliage of fall, and the icy landscapes of winter – adjusting our viewing to match our moods of the moment and the longings of our souls.
Have you visited any of the beautiful gardens in this post?
Did you have a favorite among the virtual tours? I have tried to settle on one that I liked the best, but I find different reasons to like them all!