Animal Crossing: New Horizons Garden Critique

Real Homes’ Laura Crombie casts her professional eye over some creations and gives some handy tips

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It’s perhaps an existential question to ask where your Animal Crossing: New Horizons garden ends and the rest of your island begins. Regardless of your thoughts on the matter, in this video Real Homes’ very own Laura Crombie has been tasked with giving her opinion on four very different garden creations. Alysia, Ellen, Louise, and Tom have all opened the gates to their green-fingered masterpieces and are all hoping for a good review from the professional designer. Given that gardening in Animal Crossing includes tree positioning, paving choices, furniture, flowers, and even seasonal shrubs from everyone’s favourite sloth, Leif, every garden is entirely unique. And, as Laura discovers, sometimes there are anatomical models scattered amidst the trees…  

As well as rating each Animal Crossing garden area on how it would hold up in the real world, Laura also gives some handy IRL tips for making the most of your own green space. She talks about how you can add some depth and height to your garden with a focus on verticality when it comes to trees and plants, as well as adding water features to even the smallest of spaces for a relaxing twist. Each of the creators has made their perfect social spaces outside and Laura outlines how you can do that too with benches, fire-pits and dining areas ideal for BBQs with friends. Just don’t run too excitedly around the roses like one of the creators. As Laura notes, things might get a little thorny. 

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Laura Crombie
Laura Crombie

Laura is Brand Development Editor for Real Homes, focusing on video and events. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 12 years and was Deputy Editor and Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position. She's currently deciding whether to extend the kitchen of her family home in Worcestershire or relocate for a renovation project and bigger garden.