Virtual Gardens

by Dave on February 11, 2009

From CSM

Travel is a great way to top off an education, especially for gardeners, who can pick up landscape and planting ideas and advice by seeing others’ gardens. But they don’t have to leave home to do it.

Virtual garden tours on the computer show actual gardens through video or still images, music, narration, and text. About the only thing missing is the scent of the flowers as they scroll by.

Some cybertours are informational, posted mainly to answer gardening questions. Others are designed to entertain, the digital equivalent of coffee table books or travelogues.

Still others are therapeutic and chatty, providing welcome bursts of color and commentary during the dark winter months.

Some are so enticing that viewers may be motivated to rise from their chairs and plan a real visit. Directions are included on most websites.

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