We’re headed into proper self-isolation from here on in. Connecting with people digitally is going to become the new normal. And with that in mind, we thought we’d suggest a few of the gardens and horticultural organisation that you should follow on social media, so you can stay up-to-date with what’s happening. Have some to suggest? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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From his gorgeous Hunting Brook Gardens, Jimi Blake posts videos and photos on Instagram of everything he’s getting up to. It’s inspiring and informative. We’d thoroughly recommend a follow. And don’t miss one of his gorgeous borders here, featured by Gardens Illustrated.
The gardens are now closed and the shows are cancelled until, at the time of writing, June 13. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience some of the best that the RHS has to offer. The overarching RHS Instagram feed is posting images and videos of all its gardens, so you can keep experiencing how they are changing. And don’t forget: there are plans afoot to stage a Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so stay tuned for more information on that.
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The avenue of cherry trees (Prunus x yedoensis) leading up to the Welcome Building are in bloom at @rhswisley ???? We’ll be sharing content from our gardens while they are closed so that everyone can stay connected and enjoy the beauty of nature and our gardens from afar. ???? @joannakossak #growthisspring #cherryblossom #gardens #cherrytree #cherrytrees
If you don’t already follow Charlie McCormick on Instagram, then you need to sort that out right now. His posts are always full of colour, flowers and corgis and they are a delight during this troubled time.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Kew and Wakehurst are both now closed, but the Kew Twitter feed is continuing to bring news on the world’s most endangered and rare plants as well as interesting features on fungi and seeds.
While most seeds can be stored dry in the Millennium Seed Bank freezers, some seeds do not tolerate the drying process. Discover through pictures, how cryopreservation ensures their long term storage: https://t.co/RWaSPog4M1 ????❄️ pic.twitter.com/8984QWOnNC
— Kew Gardens (@kewgardens) March 21, 2020
Plantsman extraordinarie Nigel Dunnett is a don of naturalistic planting and his Instagram feed is guaranteed to be a source of much joy to many. His garden, which we focused on here, is one of the most exciting gardens we’ve seen.
National Garden Scheme
To get an overarching view on the nation’s gardens, we’d recommend following the NGS on Twitter. You’ll catch glimpses of gardens and the outside and will be kept up to date with everything that gardeners are doing during the crisis.
On the #InternationalDayofForests, we are delighted to announce a new partnership with the @WoodlandTrust aimed at promoting a wider understanding and appreciation of trees within both a wild and domestic garden setting ???? https://t.co/sOrcAWDvdv
— National Garden Scheme (@NGSOpenGardens) March 21, 2020
The proponent of the no-dig method is guaranteed to give you tips, tricks and more when it comes to growing vegetables. Both his Twitter and his Instagram channels are bursting with information.
Garden is filling up with calabrese, lettuce, spinach, beetroot and carrots under fleece, Charlotte potatoes later pic.twitter.com/x9wwRlVH0j
— Charles Dowding (@charlesdowding) March 24, 2020
Beth Chatto Gardens
The online nursery remains open, but while the gardens are closed the garden is posting lovely, calming videos and images of the lakes, ponds and plants on its Instagram account.
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The knobbly knees of deciduous conifer Taxodium distichum are a part of its root system – though there's uncertainty as to their biological use for the tree. Its common name of swamp cypress indcates a preference for a damp site, but actually it's quite adaptable and can grow in dry, damp or swampy soil. Its knees, however tend to become more prominent in wetter soil. We have three of these magnificent trees in the Water Garden, all planted by Beth and Andrew in the early 1960s. . We hope all our visitors, customers and friends are well and staying safe. . #taxodium #taxodiumdistichum #swampcypress #conifers #bethchatto #bethchattogardens #visitengland #visitessex #gardenstovisit #englishgardens #visitcolchester
As you can read on Forestry England’s Twitter feed: you don’t need a virtual headset to enjoy and learn about forests. Forestry England is using its Twitter feed to share information about the importance of forests, wood and more throughout the world. Pay attention.
Looking for something to do with the kids?⏳
Download Google Expeditions app and search 'Forestry England' to explore and learn about the forest from the safety of home ????????
— Forestry England (@ForestryEngland) March 24, 2020
Birdwatching is something you can do from pretty much anywhere. The RSPB is planning on trying to encourage people to connect with the natural around them with the help of their Twitter and Instagram feeds. We’d recommend a follow and try to learn more about the birds flitting around in your back yards.
Our efforts will now move to helping the millions of people spending time at home. We are determined to do our bit to try and help connect people with the amazing wildlife to be seen in gardens or from balconies or windows, and offer some hope and joy in these difficult times.
— RSPB (@Natures_Voice) March 24, 2020
Jane is our monthly magazine house plant columnist and holds a #houseplanthour everything Tuesday night on Twitter for people with questions about their houseplants.
Happ-pea says… #HouseplantHour is TONIGHT 9pm GMT. Whether you have 500 plants or none, I'm here to help you with #isolationgardening ideas for #QuarantineLife. Come and moan, download, chat or learn. Everyone welcome! pic.twitter.com/CoqtRnj2dY
— Jane Perrone (@janeperrone) March 24, 2020
A thoroughly nice gent, the RHS’s chief horticulturist Guy is good at retweeting interesting garden posts, but also keeps people up-to-date with digging and planting tips too. Follow him on Twitter.
Peas strip-tilled into ryegrass overwintered cover are up and so are carrots seeded onto dug ground, follow on sowings before Easter and then in June, if we are spared, #harvest2020 #Allotment pic.twitter.com/hPtnd9zoiG
— Guy Barter (@GuyBarter) March 21, 2020
David Austin Roses
This may sound like an obvious one, but we can’t fault the David Austin Roses Instagram account, which brings all sorts of helpful tips and tricks on how to grow and care for your roses. There’s lots of great videos to explore too.
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If you’re turning to your #gardens to keep yourself busy, then here’s the next step to nurture your #roses. Our repeat-flowering #EnglishRoses are very fond of being fed and now is one of the best times to do so, as it provides key nutrients to the #soil ready for the first flush this #summer. Over to Steve.
Well, this list surely wouldn’t be complete without a mention of yours truly. We’ll be making sure all our social media channels are brimming with ideas, inspiration, plants and gardens for the foreseeable. Don’t miss us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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As the coronavirus spreads, the nation is preparing to undergo a lengthy period in isolation. But many of us have access to green space, plants and gardens, so why not spend that time you would usually be in the pub, on growing, nature and your garden – however big or small it is. We've put together a list of things – link in bio – you can helpfully do in your garden or with plants to help pass the time and stay healthy. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Here’s another thought: if you’re spending less through going out, perhaps a donation to all those excellent gardening charities and local nurseries might be an idea? And don't forget: many nurseries deliver!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ???? @richardbloomphoto⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #coronavirus #virus #isolation #selfisolation #gardening #gardeningforwelbeing #wellbeing #mindfulness #gardeningforhealth #stayhealthy #garden #plants #natureandnurture #planting #gardeninspiration #inspiration #thingstodo #whattodo #gardensofinstagram #combatloneliness #gardeningformentalhealth #mentalhealth