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PlantTubers

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Published on July 8th 2021
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by CandideUK. All rights reserved

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Internet access has changed the way we view daily tasks and hobbies. None more so than gardening. In an effort to reach a wider audience, many have taken to YouTube to share their gardening journey, be it a tiny container garden or a mass of green bordering a small botanical garden.
These wonderful accounts are each inspirational in their own right. Be it sharing their blunders or giving advice for beginners, each with its appeal. Here are some noted accounts that are trending on social media.

Summer Rayne Oakes

(425k subscribers)
Entomologist and author Summer Rayne Oakes started her YouTube journey with “Plant one on me” in 2017. The channel is dedicated to plants from grow and care guides (365 Days of Plants) to international mini-documentaries showcasing collections from Nong Nooch to Leiden Botanical Garden. Her book also featured in the recent Garden Guides article.

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Garden Answer

(1.31Mil Subscribers)
Laura and Aaron Leboutillier reside in Ontario, Oregon (USA) in USDA zone 5 (High Desert). This delightful couple has hundreds of videos tracking their gardening journey. They are a great example of large-scale gardening or seasonal changes in a flower/vegetable garden. You might struggle to find some of the plants discussed, as with all international PlantTubers, but the channel is so much more than plants. Have a look.

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The Cottage Fairy

(499k subscribers)
Paola Merrill finds herself in rural Washington state, in a tiny town called Little Valley. She is a teacher and artist that has made the transition back to cottage life. The account is more of a lifestyle channel that includes several botanical-inspired diy’s, including floral paper making, lilac tea, natural clothes dying, pressed floral art and botanical painting. It is a great way to unwind with indoor garden activities.

Her 86m2

(603k subscribers)
Photographer and videographer Thuy shares her life in a tiny 86m2 apartment and balcony garden (in Germany). The breathtaking visuals and ease with which she explains how to make a tiny space burst with veg and flowers is something truly inspiring. The tips she provides are concise and environmentally friendly. If you haven’t got a garden of your own, I would encourage you to take a look at what you can do with a balcony (or even a rooftop).
She is one of several inspirations behind the Garden design Balcony addition.

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Huw Richards & Charles Dowding

(446k/464k subscribers)
I lump them in one, but both have separate, extraordinary channels that provide insightful advice for growing crops year-round. As UK gardeners and noted authors, they are great examples of PlantTubers that are making a difference.
Charles Dowding, as most may know, is the master behind no-dig beds. His insightful approaches have garnered him the title of Guru by the likes of Monty Don. His no-fuss approach to gardening is music to my ears and easy to understand for the novice gardener.
Huw Richards provides an equally enthralling outlook on gardening in the UK climate. The magnitude of topics they cover will keep you busy throughout winter. I can promise you that.

Liziqi

(15.5M Subscribers)
Li Ziqi has become one of the world's most noted YouTube creators. The Sichuan local has harnessed the beauty of various natural elements to create videos that express the tranquillity associated with garden practices. The videos are artfully produced and a joy to watch.

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Societies on Youtube

Societies such as the RHS, BirdLifeSA and CSSA have all started their own channels with helpful hints and news.
This is one of the best ways to stay connected as a society and member.

Past mentions

I want to keep going but will close the list out with some honorable mentions that have made it into previous articles. These include:
  • Matt Jarvis in the Borneo section of Ancient Gardens,
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Ancient Gardens | Borneo

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  • Herons Bonsai in the article on Bonsai Beginners,
  • Chris Whitehouse and his fynbos walks which popped up in the 3rd installment of Fynbos Virtual Tours and,
  • Liffey Joy in Moving Gardens.
The last two are noted South African YouTubers for those keen on supporting local. I, by no means, covered all that is on offer but I wanted to give you some options to look into.

Share your favorites in the comments below, so we can build on the list!

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