Some Diversions for the Housebound

One thing that gardeners love to do and look forward to every year, is the chance to visit gardens, arboreta and historic places in our communities, around the country or around the world.  This year is a special case because many of our beloved gardens and historic sites are closed due to the COVID-19 virus that has swept the world and caused unprecedented changes in our plans, habits and lifestyles.  So, while we are doing our part to shelter in place (and hopefully working on our own gardens), we can be armchair travelers through some excellent sites that have virtual tours of outstanding gardens and museums that we can enjoy from the comfort of our homes.  Many of them would be good tools to incorporate into home schooling lessons as well. 

So, relax and take a break from all that mowing, digging and planting by enjoying a virtual tour or three, and make plans to visit these beautiful places when they reopen.

Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Quite a comprehensive virtual tour of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, including the house and grounds.  Be sure to click on the symbols for interesting facts.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

Since we can’t visit in person for a while, CW has offered entertaining posts, videos, electronic field trips and fun activities for kids.  And check out the excellent virtual tour of the Governor’s Palace.

Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Extraordinary.  A gardener’s garden with the highest horticultural practice and artistic sensibility.  The video is from March 26, 2020.  You can also go to the website, click on “What’s in Bloom” for weekly photo updates. 

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Relax and enjoy videos and posts from one of America’s most magnificent gardens.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, England

Moated Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  Not a virtual tour as such, but some fun activities for kids to learn about Tudor England.

Also, a little Q & A with Hever’s head gardener.

Great Comp Garden, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

A delightful garden including many rare species of evergreens, magnolias, rhododendrons and much more.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst, Kent, England

If you are a garden lover, this is a must see.  Harold Nicholson and wife Vita Sackville-West bought this derelict Tudor property in 1930 and immediately began designing the garden—he laid out the design, she did the planting.  The result is one of the most romantic gardens in the world.  This virtual tour gives a glimpse into the Rose Garden and the Front Courtyard with the Purple Border at the far end. (Be sure to turn on the sound effects for the birdsong.)

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, England

This great garden near London has it all.  Enjoy the video.

RHS Wisley Gardens, Woking, Surrey, England

Prepare to be overwhelmed.  The Royal Horticultural Society Wisley has something for everyone on its 240 acres.  The diversity of plant material is astonishing.

Hidcote Gardens, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England

The creation of American expatriate Lawrence Johnston, Hidcote is a classic example of the “garden room” approach.

Highgrove Gardens, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England

Home of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Highgrove has been the passion of Prince Charles’ life since he purchased the property in 1980.

Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France

Monet built this fabulous garden and it became the inspiration for many of his paintings, especially the famous water lilies. 

Welcome to Glorious Home & Garden, a website dedicated to making your garden more beautiful throughout the year! This site is about gardening . . . and about beauty.

I feel strongly that good design does not end at the threshold, that the garden is an extension of the home, and that we should place as much emphasis on our immediate exteriors as our interiors.

"Creating gardens is the highest expression of living a good life."  - Francis Bacon

Just what is a “glorious” home or garden? To me it means a home that is well-designed, well thought out, comfortable, hospitable, adaptable, and beautiful. Mostly, it is one you love to be in and long to come home to, that envelops you in safety, serenity and beauty, and gives you a refuge from the stress of modern day living. 

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Let's explore in these pages how to use nature to the best effect in our exterior spaces to express our personal vision, to create a beautiful, individual, glorious, garden for our personal enjoyment and gratification. The choices among trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, annuals and more, for color, scent, texture, size and use are almost limitless.  The reason for organizing the website based on the seasons is to show that there are exceptional plants to choose in every season no matter what effect you are aiming for.  Everyone won’t love everything—but that’s the beauty of it—they choices you make will reflect your personal taste and vision, and will be the purest expression of you.  

The Spring Garden

Your garden can be your own private paradise!  Select your favorites for a springtime full of color, scent and beauty.

The Autumn Garden

Make your fall garden as lovely as your spring garden by choosing special trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs for fall color.

The Winter Garden

The garden in winter is a glorious time of year. Your winter garden can be special with the right plant choices.

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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Uzu'