Two gardens associated with William Wordsworth are representing the Lake District in an exciting new interactive online exhibition.

Rydal Mount near Ambleside, along with Dove Cottage at Grasmere, have collaborated with Google Arts and Culture to feature in Gardens United, a new project which has just launched.

The exhibition, which opens online today (July 14) aims to help visitors be inspired by the breadth and wonder of green spaces around the UK.

It’s an interactive online resource celebrating gardens around the UK, which is the result of a collaboration between Rydal Mount and more than 30 cultural partners around the country.

They include Alexandra Palace Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Alnwick Garden, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, and Blenheim Palace Gardens in Oxfordshire.

“From archives, museums, botanic gardens and heritage bodies, this enables you to learn from leading experts and community gardeners about topics ranging from health and wellbeing, food growing, urban gardening and much more,” said Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts and Culture. “Gardens United gives everyone, everywhere an opportunity to explore, learn and discover gardens through a new lens.”

In more than 150 curated online exhibitions, Gardens United presents an enormous archive of over 4,000 items including photos, videos, ASMR tours and Google Street View tours. These show how gardens have always held a special place in our lives, how important they are for our health and wellbeing, what gardening can do to help support the planet and look back through botanical history from Darwin’s garden to royal landscapes.

Christopher Wordsworth Andrew, the great great great great grandson of William Wordsworth, whose family still own Rydal Mount, said that the project was a magnificent opportunity to show the world the wonders of the garden originally planned and designed by the poet.

“We are thrilled to be part of this ground-breaking new exhibition which features the best of everything that’s special about gardens in the UK. The visitors who come here invariably fall in love with the place but we want to be able to tell the story of this wonderful garden to a wider audience.”

Said Amit Sood: “Everyone around the world can find joy in exploring a garden, and through this program we wanted to celebrate this as well as inspire audiences to seek out new gardening experiences. From botanical art to urban gardening, thanks to our incredible partners, Gardens United has something for everyone – even if you are only looking to plan your next staycation itinerary.”

Explore Gardens United on the Google Arts & Culture app on iOS or Android or online

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