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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. For my Friday Favorites this week, I have collected my favorite virtual tours of botanical gardens, so that we can at least enjoy them through our screens.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.John Burroughs
I have not had the good fortune to visit any of these gardens in person, but every one of them makes my “someday” list! For now, these virtual tours offer a few minutes respite that is soothing to the soul.
Click on the name of the garden to access the tours. I hope you enjoy these tours as much as I have.
Virtual Garden Tours
Click on any of the garden names, 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.
First up 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! Where was my head at?
George Vanderbilt spared no expense 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 as well.
Be sure to watch until the end for a tour of the garden statuary. It is just incredible to think that this was all created as a private family garden.
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 tour you want.
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, of course, needs no introduction, and 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 richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.Claude Monet
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 (and now can’t wait to visit!)
In just 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.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.Ruth Stout
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.
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 – alas, the weather was already too hot and the garden had closed for the season (in late April).
The Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants, but what sets it apart from every other garden is the creativity used to build houses, animals, and even an airplane out of flowers.
Truly a unique experience, this tour is a must-watch.
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Final Thoughts on Virtual Tours of Botanical Gardens
Have you visited any of the botanical 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!
Fortunately, we can watch these virtual tours anytime we like without ever leaving home. And regardless of the season, we can experience the flowers of spring and summer, the foliage of the fall, and the icy landscapes of winter – adjusting our viewing to match our moods of the moment and the longings of our souls.