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