One of the occupational hazards for gardeners is the frustration of divided attention on the road. Attempting to analyze and enjoy the beautiful gardens you drive past can be downright dangerous. And slow, scenic drives just don't seem to fit into our busy American culture anymore. But observing the great gardens that are created by "real people" is both fascinating and inspiring.
HGTV.com has a fun feature that allows you to take garden tours from the safety and comfort of your desk chair -- or even your comfy chair, if you have a laptop. Rate My Space - Gardens gives you close-up views of 270 (as of 7/5/07) outdoor spaces. You can rate each space and also post photos of your own space for ranking. Categories for viewing include Most Recent, Most Viewed and Top Rated.
I've been checking out some of the photos and it is fascinating and inspiring. But since my own garden spaces all seem to be in the early, middle, or yet-to-begin stage, I don't think I'll be posting any photos just yet.