Discover more and be inspired by the breadth and wonder of green spaces around the UK in “Gardens United”, a new interactive online exhibition by Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Weston Park
Today, Google Arts & Culture launched “Gardens United” – an interactive online resource celebrating gardens around the UK, which is the result of a collaboration between Weston Park and over 30 cultural partners around the country. From archives, museums, botanic gardens and heritage bodies, learn from leading experts and community gardeners about topics ranging from health and wellbeing, food growing, urban gardening and much more. Gardens United gives everyone, everywhere an opportunity to explore, learn and discover gardens through a new lens.
In over 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. Learn about 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.
Google Arts and Culture has enabled Weston to give a truly sensory depiction online of the Capability Brown pleasure ground of Temple Wood. Our story for this, enables online visitors to experience some of the engagement of the senses of the actual place that its creator – the famous eighteenth century British landscape gardener Capability Brown – had intended. The video and images of Google Arts and Culture conveys the textures and fall of light within the pleasure ground, and it’s resources have enabled us to use art works and other material to give a greater sense of context, in addition to working with other institutions to bring the grounds alive.
Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts & Culture said: “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!”
Gareth Williams, Curator & Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation said “Here at Weston Park we know that the Grade I listed House, Temple of Diana and Roman Bridge and Grade II* Registered 1000 acre Capability Brown park are globally significant, and Google Arts and Culture enables us to connect with virtual and potential actual visitors all around the world. Thanks to the technology, they can have a truly immersive experience from the comfort of their own homes and make the discovery of Weston Park which will encourage them to have a real-time visit to this very special place.