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Poised to inspire garden lovers in this unprecedented time, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be hosted entirely online in 2020. Mindfulness has never been more important in Britain and the world over, a subject that RHS Chelsea aims to address through the relaxing elements of gardening from 19-23 May, with a press day kick-starting proceedings a day earlier. This remarkable online flower show will include an array of free virtual gardening events, family-friendly activities, exclusive tours and educational talks.
The online celebration will come into bloom with ‘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, as well as exclusive tours of leading gardening experts’ personal garden, although their details are yet to be revealed. Those who would have showcased their fantastic floral displays at RHS Chelsea can give audiences a behind-the-scenes peek into their nurseries or replicate the arrangements which would have appeared in the Great Pavilion.
The scale of this online RHS show is likely never to be repeated, so those wanting to add a sprinkling of British horticulture and gardening skills to their spring should not miss this stellar opportunity.
As well as the blooming fun happenings at RHS Chelsea this year, there’s also a fascinating collection of breathtaking British gardens to discover from the comfort of home. These include a virtual look at Kew Gardens, several stunning stately homes’ outdoor spaces and an immersive bluebell experience.
Take a few minutes to enjoy the stunning scenes from one of Britain’s most famous horticultural hotspots with this virtual tour of Kew Gardens. Giving flower fans a bird’s-eye-view of Kew’s iconic glasshouse, pagoda and tranquil outdoor spaces, this tour offers a virtual slice of Kew’s tranquillity and grandeur.
For relaxing birdsong and uplifting floral scenes, nature-loving audiences can immerse themselves in a trip through some of Britain’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 Britain, one of the Trust’s main aims. Classic places that showcase blooming springtime bluebells include The Vyne in Hampshire, Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex and Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire.
Those wanting to discover their own secret garden can peer around 360 ° imagery of Gloucestershire’s Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the best know Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain. 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 tour.
Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild for the sole purpose of hosting extravagant parties, Waddeson Manor and gardens in Buckinghamshire has a history of marvelling visitors that dates back to the 1880s. The grand manor house, tropical bird aviary and blissful gardens can now be explored online by those wanting to step into Rothschild’s world, while a tour of the grand house’s interior can also be enjoyed.
Those keen for a virtual taste of royal life can tour Highgrove Gardens - the grounds of Prince Charles’ private residence - from the comfort of their own homes with this online guide. Offering a chance to see the majestic mosaic water feature, blossoming wisteria and the stumpery, the tour offers visitors the chance to step into a virtual world of horticultural elegance.
Nestled in the Welsh Marshes, Gorsty House has a charming two-acre garden that comes to life each spring, blooming with a bright carpet of yellow daffodils. The National Garden Scheme has created a virtual tour and video interview with the garden owner, to give daffodil fans the chance to stroll through this tranquil space and learn more about their growth.
Being the national flower of Wales, there are also plenty of additional places to see these charming flowers each spring, with many being kept by the National Trust.
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