We should know by now that when royals use words like “garden,” “cottage” or “house,” they actually mean “luscious sprawling grounds,” “epic Victorian mansion” and “CASTLE.” We were reminded again of our own naiveté this morning when we took a virtual stroll through Prince Charles‘ “garden.”
Highgrove House is the sprawling estate Charles has called home for more than 40 years and it’s where Princes William and Harry spent most of their formative years. It’s normally open to the public for tours from February to October on select dates, but this year, you can take a peek at the highlights anytime on a virtual Google Arts & Culture tour.
Now, the Highgrove Gardens consist of a whole lot more than a rose bush and a sunflower patch. The tour walks you through several thematic areas including the Front Garden, the Home Farm, the Sundial Garden, the Rose Pergola, the Thyme Walk and (our personal favourite) the Carpet Garden inspired by Turkish design.
The virtual tour offers 360-degree views of all the main fixtures, photos of everything else and descriptions and history of the location. There are also sections explaining the caretakers’ dedication to sustainability and the steps they take to ensure the gardens “thrive in complete harmony with nature.”
Sure, it’s not as good as an in-person tour, but it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper and not season/weather-dependent. Now can we get a Google tour of Buckingham Palace?