When it comes to finding inspiration for your garden you could turn to an average internet search or tutorial, but nothing beats a daily feed of your favorite charismatic and innovative gardeners on social media. Here are some Instagram gardeners and conservatories to follow for both gardening advice and encouragement…or just some natural beauty to add to your daily scroll.
Gardeners to follow on Instagram for floral inspirations
An easy place to start is with author and floral expert Sharon Santoni, who not only shows beautiful floral arrangements in her outdoor garden, but she also displays indoor bouquet decorations you can make for your own home. For more floral designs—and some great photography—follow Maurice Harris’ account, Bloom and Plume. And if you’re looking for a full botanic garden, San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is another great place to start.
Gardeners to follow for gorgeous houseplants
Even if you’re a seasoned planter, you can probably learn new things from someone like The Crazy Botanist (aka The Chocolate Botanist), who regularly gives his expertise on houseplants. His wacky stories are fun to watch, too, and add some scientific insight to everyday gardening.
Then there are accounts like House Plant Club that wants your plants to compliment your room aesthetic. The houseplant-focused Instagram page shows some pretty unbelievable sights that might be best described as plant fashion, from natural wood hanging structures to vertical indoor planter boxes.
And if you want to know how to turn your home into an indoor jungle? Erin Hardings’ Instagram account Clever Bloom has information on any indoor plant you can think of. She’ll show you everything from Kokedama plants (a Japanese tradition of growing plants in a moss ball) to orchids.
Gardeners to follow for edible planting tips
This one isn’t on Instagram, but if you use TikTok it’s well worth it: Alexis Nikole goes by The Black Forager and teaches foraging and horticulture. She reveals all the plants you didn’t know you could eat, and at the same time shows how to prepare them in a variety of ways. You’ll learn the difference between lilies and daylilies, and how to eat one and not the other.
Others, like The Worm Monger, focus on sustainable gardening with her backyard farm that uses organic and natural composting. If you want to start living waste-free and growing your own food, her account is a good one to follow. Also, there’s Humans Who Grow Food, which is a collective space for people around the world to show their growing power. They feature bountiful growers like Roots Blooms and Yards with eggplants, peppers, herbs, and more. If you want to see daily edible inspirations—plus a hub to find other growers—it’s a great place to start.
By: Aisha Jordan
Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use.
Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential back gardens including lawns and foundation plantings, and to container gardens grown inside or outside. Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a variety of plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry.
Gardening also takes place in non-residential green areas, such as parks, public or semi-public gardens (botanical gardens or zoological gardens), amusement parks, along transportation corridors, and around tourist attractions and garden hotels. In these situations, a staff of gardeners or groundskeepers maintains the gardens.
Indoor gardening is concerned with the growing of houseplants within a residence or building, in a conservatory, or in a greenhouse. Indoor gardens are sometimes incorporated as part of air conditioning or heating systems. Indoor gardening extends the growing season in the fall and spring and can be used for winter gardening.
Native plant gardening is concerned with the use of native plants with or without the intent of creating wildlife habitat. The goal is to create a garden in harmony with, and adapted to a given area. This type of gardening typically reduces water usage, maintenance, and fertilization costs, while increasing native faunal interest.
Water gardening is concerned with growing plants adapted to pools and ponds. Bog gardens are also considered a type of water garden. These all require special conditions and considerations. A simple water garden may consist solely of a tub containing the water and plant(s). In aquascaping, a garden is created within an aquarium tank.