How Many Garden Bloggers Really Like Looking At Gardens?


This is a legitimate question too.

Seriously! GWGT is known for showing gardens from varied places and in many styles. There have been 800 posts to prove that quite a few gardens are showcased on GWGT. Today’s post is 801. A big number, no?


I don’t see many garden bloggers routinely posting on gardens other than their own, and I really appreciate those that do. Many garden bloggers show their own gardens almost exclusively and there are a few that I love seeing often, two especially. But for the majority, it becomes difficult to find new things to show or discuss. But since that is the norm, it made me wonder if there is a real “market” for posts on visited gardens most could never see firsthand? I find lack of interest in inspirational gardens curious for a garden blog though.

GWGT itself is much more than a garden blog. Birds live in gardens, so they definitely count. It really has been one weird week. I do have to get in garden mode because our GardenFest meetings are underway. I always have garden stuff to post with all the things I do garden related. That is something else many bloggers fail to do, get involved in community garden projects.

A question I received here was if I have shots of  “flower fields”? This made me wonder what kind of fields are we speaking? Wildflower fields? Cut-flower fields? Fields of one type of flower en mass? Designed beds of flowers adjacent to fields? I have shown “flower fields” here on GWGT, many of which are natural or designed meadows.

I just don’t own a “flower field” myself.

A garden blog can show varied types of gardens, pass on knowledge, view nature’s wonders, share its beauty, and inspiration. As a designer, I learn from what is found in nature and use that information to inspire and lead the design process. Second nature to me.

Last week I was visiting a few of my professional jobs to see how they matured over time. These commercial designs are on huge properties but were under snow. The flowers are at rest, yet the big conifers and hardscape give the design winter interest. You can see in this post a few properties with large conifers backing the designed flower meadows. Without trees (form, bark, color)  and shrubs (twig color, berries, shrub form) to give some structure, designs often fall flat come winter months.

Did you notice the birds in the two fields. The robin and his worm are dwarfed by the buttercups, yet the Egret looks like a giant in a field of yellow and pale blue. The pale blue flower is bindweed (Ipomoea), the yellow, dandelion – opportunistic succession plants – the result of mowing a field. I wonder what is on the Egret’s mind? Like where did all the wildlife go…

On Nature and Wildlife Pics… not a garden but a way of life.

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68 Responses to How Many Garden Bloggers Really Like Looking At Gardens?

  1. I like a mix of plant related topics on a garden blog: the blogger’s own garden, gardens visited, garden projects, focus on a particular plant or group of plants, design ideas, book reviews, garden-inspired essays or musings, etc. Variety is the spice of life.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Good question. I have recently been encouraged by other’s posts to think about reporting on the gardens I visit. Now, of course, I have to do it.

  3. M E Cheshier says:

    I do! Absolutely. Looking at gardens is very inspiring!

  4. Indie says:

    I love seeing other people’s gardens! I honestly like seeing gardens done by individual homeowners better than huge, amazing gardens that take a team of gardeners to upkeep. I am way more inspired when a beautiful garden looks achievable 🙂

    • The big gardens offer many ideas if you break them down into their parts. The parts are easy to implement for just about any gardener. It is overwhelming to only see them in their entirety, so I tell clients when they visit to see them differently.

  5. dodgeblue says:

    I too wonder why more garden bloggers don’t post on a diversity of gardens. It’s such a wide open subject! Glad you do though. 😊

  6. My garden is only small, so I do try to write posts about other gardens, including the beautiful type that one pays to visit, but also the gardens of relatives and friends, in order to find something different to say and indeed to record my thoughts for my own future reference. I love it when other writers describe the beautiful gardens they’ve visited, but some of the bloggers I follow have such awe-inspiring gardens of their own that I cannot mind if they never stray past their own front gate. Every blog has its own scope, I suppose.

    • My garden is tiny, so I too find posting frequently on it rather difficult to do. I have a post coming after my trip to Hawaii on a friend and garden club member’s garden. I did not want to post her beautiful garden without getting the interest of the garden bloggers. When I visit gardens, I write about them as a designer sees them. It is a much different way to see them for most viewers to my blog.

  7. Helen Johnstone says:

    I post about gardens I visit and the posts seem popular. Interestingly posts about my own garden seem more popular which surprises me as I would think readers would get bored. The least popular posts are product and book reviews so I actually only do book reviews now and only if I want to actually read the book myself.

    • I find certain gardens visited get good viewership, but for my blog it is greater readership on wildlife and the big public gardens. It may have more to do with searches, I never really looked to break it down. I especially do not like to read on product. As a designer, I am usually very up to date on new plants and new garden product, and probably have used both before even on the market. That is one perk I have getting the new stuff.

  8. I agree with the previous comments, Donna: I enjoy reading a mix of topics on other blogs, I prefer seeing home gardens to large ‘public’ ones, and on my own blog I find book reviews are the least popular. My latest posting on a cottage garden I visited in England seems to be well received. There is not much going on in my garden at this time of year, so now is when I like to post visits I made last summer. Your photos are stunning as ever. P. x

    • I like those English gardens you show. Not sure I will ever get there. The big gardens on my blog do very well. It is the small home gardens that are not viewed as much. It is a shame too since some are pretty amazing. One is coming up too.

  9. For me, I think posts that contain gardening tips are the most popular.

  10. I love visiting other gardens. If i travel first place i find are the Botanics but i just dont have time to visit many. Not a professional gardener so don’t have the pleasure of revisiting one i made earlier. Starting from a patch of grass my blog is my journey, my discoveries in the garden, my joy of finding a new plant, new insect, new avian visitor. Its about rediscovering after a lo-o-ong time away from the country. I can pick up a gardening magazine if i want to see an immaculate garden. But i do enjoy blogs that take me to gardens i will never have an opportunity to visit. I enjoy blogs that are battling the elements or just revelling in their own garden. Is that a bad thing?

    • The magazines are great, the best photos. I think that is the main difference from blogging. It is hard to visit when the lighting is the best, so photos suffer. I too like seeing those I would never visit. It is one very good thing about blogging, seeing gardens from all over the world.

  11. Beth says:

    I love seeing pics of any and all gardens, including the wildlife they support.

  12. Brian says:

    I love other peoples gardens and professional gardens as well …and I especially LOVE summer pics of gardens this time of year. I’ll also ditto what Indie said love to see what regular folks are capable in their private space. Try Buffalo Garden walk for some amazing personal gardens.
    Concord ,NC

    • I live 30 minutes from Buffalo and have posted on these gardens each year. You are right, gardeners should make a trip to Garden Walk Buffalo, no where are there this many open gardens. I myself am involved in planning garden walks in our area. It is very rewarding. My garden has been opened on these walks too.

  13. Interesting point Donna. I too enjoy a variety of gardening topics from personal garden diaries to gardens visited to garden photography tips and advice among other topics. There is something fun and exciting about the monthly memes though. I look forward to seeing other’s gardens and watching them evolve over the years and it is also a great way of keeping a diary of your own garden to look back on. Visiting gardens from around the world virtually that I may never get to see is also wonderful and I do enjoy writing about botanical gardens I have visited. I actually keep a page for botanical gardens so that I can re-visit as often as I like and readers can too. Whenever I read a post about a particular garden I put it onto the bucket list, and hopefully will see as many as possible; if not, at least I get to see them virtually!

    • Thanks Lee for your thoughtful comment. I find the memes too much and too many. I post my garden most months, but don’t join the memes anymore. I loved doing the Niagara Falls Garden Magazine, but dropped it after a while.

      • Donna-I hope you didn’t misinterpret what I said. I love the variety of topics you cover, which makes your posts so interesting and I always looked forward to your Garden Magazine posts as well…they were so original and creative. I also enjoy all the virtual visits to the different gardens you have photographed so beautifully. I just went back to your page and re-visited some…and am especially looking forward to your Maui adventures!

  14. mmwm says:

    I love looking at other gardens, any gardens. And on my blog I have posted visits to Longwood Gardens, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Brookgreen Gardens in SC, local permaculture gardens, and others.

  15. This is an interesting topic, Donna. My gardens are rather limited due to so much shade in my gardens that I don’t want to my blog post to just consist of “shade loving perennials”. I, too, like to blog on other gardens I visit whether that be friends or professional botanical gardens. I think also it’s a great way to get inspiration as well as information on what works and doesn’t work in your local area. I think that variety in a blog post is what appeals to most people. That way if someone is not interested in a specific topic on your post they might find some other tip that they find useful.

  16. Debra says:

    I suspect most people are really drawn to the images on blogs. I am not, though. Beautiful images are a bonus but I am really looking for content. I love reading about people’s connections to the land, stuff they have learned, the beauty (or not) that they experience and the things that get them thinking about … well just about anything. I am even comfortable with reading stuff by people I completely disagree with as long as they are respectful and speaking from the heart. I have only one deal breaker: I lose interest quickly in blogs that are all about selling stuff.

    • Being attracted to images is a subset of readers here. I know I have photographers as followers and they rarely are interested in my garden posts. I know you like the sustainable posts, and they are ones I like doing being an architect. I have worked on many projects on wetlands and places where we have to be sensitive to the environment.

  17. Les says:

    If I didn’t post about places I visit, I’d have nothing to talk about. My small garden has seen some changes through the years, but not enough to keep a blog interesting.

  18. Thank you for those beautiful flower fields, Donna! 🙂

  19. Where I am living now has absolutely no garden. Just bark and grass really. So it is nice to see flowers from other gardens. I love seeing other gardens to learn about the plants. Love your photos. 😀

  20. I do! I like to write about my own garden, though now that I’ve done this for a couple of years I worry that it tends to get repetitive. But also really like to see and read/write about other gardens. Mostly I’ve written about “famous” gardens, but also the gardens from the Fling. Later this year I hope to write a series of posts called ‘There Are the Gardeners in Our Neighborhood”, featuring interesting private gardens in my immediate area. I have a couple of gardens in mind already, in some cases I will have to knock on the front door and introduce myself – but I’m actually looking forward to that.

  21. I don’t have – or take photos of – gardens, but I always appreciate your wonderful photos and the narratives on your blog!

  22. I agree with the other Beth completely. Coincidence? Irony? Also, anything having to do with plants of any kind. 😉

  23. bittster says:

    I love reading about gardeners visits to interesting parks and gardens. I like seeing what they’re impressed with, what they focus on, and what they didn’t like so much. I also love hearing about the little changes and struggles people do and have in their own gardens, even if it seems like the same stuff comes up every year, they still remind me of things I want to add or need to do or wished I didn’t change.
    My blogging is a little selfish. I write about what interests me and hopefully whatever photographed well, and really enjoy reviewing my posts during the dull, cold winter. I like writing about garden visits, but for myself I skip over them while doing my year in review. They’re nice but more fun when I’m there. My garden never loses my interest… unless it’s under snow 😉
    Nothing bores me more than top 10 best this or that lists, or 10 things you have to do in your garden lists, or whatever is being bullet listed. I want to hear about people excited about their plants!

    • As a designer, I always have to be sensitive to what I don’t like about gardens, private or public. I rarely would say something negative. Some of the public gardens have linked to my posts on them, so I make sure to be positive. The funny thing is, if I do not like a design on the whole, there will always be parts I think are well designed. Lists are some of the most searched posts on the web. I have some lists here, but rarely would title a post as such. If I did, the posts would soar.

  24. I love your garden!! Your pics are so special to me, as when I am down All I need is a garden dose and it brings me back to a happy state. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

  25. Very good question! I love visiting other peoples gardens as it is the best way to learn about plants and design. Tapping into the minds of those around you. My only problem with the blog is finding the time to visit all the gardens I would like to report back on for it!

    • I agree, but as a designer, I often caution on using blogs for picking out plants. The variation in climates and soils can only be a few miles away. When I design here, only 7 miles away certain plants will not grow well and cannot be specified. I always suggest bloggers ask at local nurseries because they are often familiar with the different localities and what soil conditions might be present. I find pH is often a deal breaker.

  26. rose says:

    I agree with Joanna–I do enjoy seeing posts about other gardens that bloggers have visited, but there are a few bloggers whose own gardens are so amazing that I don’t mind seeing views of them over and over again. My own garden is small, so I would run out of things to show if I posted more often. Right now it is a very unattractive brown mush so I’m enjoying going back through my photo files to highlight some of the gardens I visited last summer and fall. Someone else commented that while they enjoy seeing big, beautiful public gardens, it is often the blogger’s own garden that inspires with more “doable” plantings and combos to try, and I totally agree.

    • Rose, the big gardens can be viewed in parts rather than the whole – then the ideas become doable. The plant combos, textures colors, and even how hardscape/circulation is handled gives an even better example of good design that can be instituted on a smaller scale. How they handle things like bench placement making the most of views and a place to relax is something any gardener would and should learn from. I know the mush look. It happens here too before the snow falls. 😀

  27. Hi all. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I am sitting in the airport trying to visit all your blogs that commented here. It is snowing and my farewell post will be loading as the plane departs. Thank you for all the suggestions in your comments and for the encouragement to keep posting gardens other than my own. I also appreciate all of you that post other gardens too. As for the big public gardens, you have to look at them in their “parts” rather than the huge landscape in front of you. The parts are manageable and very doable. So much can be learned in plant combos, texture and the massing in individual beds. I see them as a designer, so it is easy for me. I am off now, the plane is loading. See you from Seattle.

  28. debsgarden says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful and varied posts you have! The” flower fields” you demonstrate here are beautiful and make me sigh. I actually have an undeveloped area that would be the perfect place for such a meadow garden, but I lack the energy and money to turn it into an idealized vision such as you show. I do love visiting other gardens and feature them from time to time, though most of my posts are about my own garden. It is right out the door and very handy! (But I do sometimes worry about people getting bored with it.)

    Enjoy your trip!

    • Some of what is shown in the post are natural scapes. Some are designed, but the trick is making those designed meadows appear natural. What happens over time is they revert to a natural state as uninvited weed seed enters. The grasses blow in and get a good foothold as does QAL, goldenrod and asters. Not a bad thing, but plants like goldenrod become a meadow of only goldenrod. The poppy meadow above – a designed meadow, lost almost every poppy and it only took two years for them to diminish.

  29. Heureusement qu’il y a les jardins des autres!!! Sinon où chercher l’inspiration? Je pense que le plus beau jardin du monde est …dans notre tête et dans nos rêves. Quand nous regardons notre jardin nous voyons ce que nous aimerions en faire, mais en réalité il n’y a que de la terre, et de pauvres plantes qui essaient de prendre la pose pour notre appareil photo!

  30. Laurin Lindsey says:

    I have been meaning to reply to your wonderful question for several days! Every time I end up reading more of the comments. It is an informative conversation and given me a lot to consider. I have found some new blogs to follow too and that is a bonus. I enjoy blogs that are like journals of people private garden. I am never bored with them because they are so intimate and it is like having tea with a friend when I read about their experiences in their garden. That said I also like blogs of tours of other gardens which is what drew me to the Garden Bloggers Fling group and attending last July was an amazing experience. I agree with you about large public gardens and I have always looked at gardens both in the whole but also as vignettes. On our blog our most popular blogs are when we write about an installation we have done. I do the design and my husband implements them. So he co-writes those blogs. They are directed at homeowners to give them ideas but many professionals seem to enjoy them too. I write about gardens I have toured, books I think are interesting and plants that I enjoy. And then I suppose I write about myself, little by little. It is the bloggers that share not just their gardens but themselves that I enjoy the most. The trials and tribulations of being a gardener or living life. Your post on leaving the cardinals and heading to a Hawaii made me feel so happy for you, that you are taking care of yourself!

  31. Denise says:

    Most of my posts are about my own garden. I wrote only a few times about Japanese gardens I visited. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at gardens. I love looking at gardens. It’s just that I don’t like to carry my photocamera with me when I go out. Maybe I am to lazy. But I am very grateful to all bloggers, like you, who go to all that trouble to show all those beautiful gardens to the rest of us.
    Have a nice vacation!

  32. Jennifer says:

    I think I would get bored to death if I only wrote about my own garden. If I don’t find creating my blog to be interesting, I don’t think I can expect readers to find it interesting either.

  33. I like to write about gardens I visit and I like to read about other people’s visits to various gardens. My posts about other gardens are among the most visited on my site. Even though it was over 3 years ago that I wrote a series about the Herrenhauser gardens in Germany, those posts still get visited several times a week. My most popular post ever, though, is the one about what plants woodchucks are most likely to leave alone!

    You have reminded me that I need to get busy and finish a series I started before Christmas, about my visit to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center back in November.

  34. Lula says:

    I am happy with your message in your post and I feel I am doing (not as much as I would like in the past year) my part of duty reporting on gardens I visit and research and especially botanical gardens, one of my passions. I am moving to a new city and I will not have a proper garden but a terrace so I will have to accommodate my planting, you encourage me to post this week with the little I have now. Thanks!

  35. I also like variety and hope now that I have time, that I can do some visiting….I have some ideas already in the works and I try to change it up every year….I figure if I am getting bored then readers might be too.

  36. Loretta says:

    What a beautiful blog, I will be adding you and know I will be inspired by your articles. I too love to garden, I love birds too and found your post on photographing birds very useful. 🙂 Gorgeous photography!

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