Gardens and landscapes
Learn how the gardens and landscapes in our care have been shaped by history, changing tastes and plant diversity.
Discover more about the history of the plants, garden buildings and garden design at the places in our care.
Explore how changing tastes influenced the style of gardens over the centuries and discover where you can find the best examples from each period at the places we care for.
Wander through our collections and gardens to learn the high-society origins of the ferns, orchids and pelargoniums in your home.
Discover some of the finest historic gardens in our care and how they were shaped by Victorian plant collectors, as they gathered plant species from across the globe.
Discover the evolution in garden buildings – from exclusive hothouses for rare new finds, to the cornerstones of every garden today.
Find out more about the designs and methods at the gardens and landscapes in our care.
Status symbol, hunting ground and a source of building materials. Discover the important roles deer parks played in aristocratic and royal society.
Sunken lanes are roads or tracks that sit below the general level of the surrounding land, often by several metres. They’re formed by the passage of people, vehicles and animals over time.
Find out more about the picturesque aesthetic style and how it became a fashionable choice for wealthy estates in the 18th century. Discover more about the people who influenced the movement.
Brown designed landscapes that fitted in seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. So how do you spot the designs of one of the greatest gardeners of all time?
By preserving the countryside for recreation, the open space movement inspired the National Trust in the work we do till this day.
The history of the English landscape garden is infused with political meaning. Learn the history and political stories behind this garden style characterised by structured informality.
Plas Newydd in Wales boasts dramatic views of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait and the gardens are designed to make the most of the surrounding landscape. This video will take you on a tour of ornate courtyards, a vibrant rhododendron garden and a tree house. The gardens at Plas Newydd are only open at weekends during the winter.