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The best garden social media channels to follow

As we all stop going out, it doesn't mean you can't stay in touch with the gardens and organisations that you love most. Here are a few of the social media channels you should follow right now

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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Jimi Blake

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

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Seedling flying up! Most of these will be for the new garden .

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The RHS

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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Charlie McCormick

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.

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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.


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Nigel Dunnett

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.


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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.


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Charles Dowding

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.

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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

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Forestry England

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.


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RSPB

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.

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Jane Perrone

Jane is our monthly magazine house plant columnist and holds a #houseplanthour everything Tuesday night on Twitter for people with questions about their houseplants.

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Guy Barter

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.

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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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Gardens Illustrated

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

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