virtual garden Tours to Enjoy at Home
Spring has well and truly arrived at Hever Castle, and while you cannot enjoy a visit to the award-winning gardens right now, there’s no better time to take one of the virtual garden tours of the estate.
With many of us now in self-isolation, why not make the most of your downtime and take a visual journey through Hever Castle & Gardens with your feet up in the safety of your own home.
April is a wonderful time to view the gardens in this virtual garden tour as spectacular carpets of late daffodils bloom across the estate. The grass is lush and green and the blossoms of the fruit trees are pink and delicate in the orchard. Walls are covered in camellias and tulips provide a kaleidoscope of colour along Pergola Walk. Spring bedding includes heavily scented hyacinths in Blue Corner and bluebells adorn Anne Boleyn’s Walk.
Those that have already viewed the tour on Hever Castle’s Facebook page described it as a ‘delight’, “just what I need at the moment”, ‘beautiful’, ‘peaceful’ and ‘inspiring’.
Hever Castle is best known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn but the beautiful gardens at Hever Castle were the vision of William Waldorf Astor and were laid out between 1904 and 1908, turning marshland into the spectacular gardens and lake you see today.
One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculptures. Over 1,000 men worked on the grand design, with around 800 men taking two years to dig out the 38-acre (14.2 ha) lake at the far end of the Italian Garden. Within four years the 125 acres (50 ha) of classical and natural landscapes were constructed and planted. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity.
So, take yourself to your happy place and help beat the self-isolation blues with a little piece of Hever.
Hever Castle, and the garden team that continue to maintain the 125 acres, are working to bring the gardens to life for you with a series of virtual garden tours, gardening tips and some insight into their much-loved of the garden and favourite plants.
We will also be sharing pictures and videos on social media so that everyone can stay connected and enjoy the history of the castle and the beauty of nature and our gardens from afar.