The gates of this year’s 2-for-1 Gardens may be closed at the moment, but for those who like nothing more than marvelling at springtime swathes of glorious tulips, we have rounded up a selection of five virtual garden tours with some seasonal spring highlights below.
We couldn’t let the long winter months of bulb planting go to waste so we’re delighted to be able to show off the fruits of our labour and let everyone see the displays online.
Arundel Castle Gardens
Each year Arundel Castle hosts a magnificent festival of tulips, this year an estimated 130,000 tulip bulbs were planted, featuring over 180 different varieties. Not wanting this spectacle to go unseen, the castle is releasing regular video and photo updates of the colourful displays via a new microsite tulipfestival.co.uk.
In the below virtual tour, Head Gardener, Martin Duncan shows off the displays of tulips in the Annual Tulip Festival 2020.
Lullingstone Castle & The World Garden
Creator of The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle is Tom Hart Dyke. He shares a video of his favourite tulip, perennial Tulipa ‘Appledoorn’ , flowering spectacularly in the garden On Easter Sunday 2020.
Head Gardener at Hever Castle, Neil Miller provides a virtual garden and discusses his favourite tulips in the gardens at Hever Castle.
Usually, at this time of the year, Neil is busy providing garden tours to visitors during Hever Castle’s annual Tulip Celebrations event. This year during lockdown he’s taking some time out of his busy gardening schedule to provide a virtual tulip tour and some planting advice in a series of tulip videos on the Hever Castle YouTube channel.
Chenies Manor House
Chenies Manor House would usually have celebrated in April with their Tulip Festival, luckily the owners have put together a fantastic and detailed tour of the many colourful tulips in flower in the gardens this year, so you can almost feel that you’re there.
Like many of our participating gardens, Pashley Manor would usually have been celebrating their Tulip Festival in April and early May. However the wonderful displays are not wasted, as a series of video and photographs showcase the glorious scenes on the Pashley Manor Instagram page.
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