Taking the long view is part and parcel of caring for the nation’s largest collection of historically important and beautiful gardens, spanning over five centuries of garden history and design.
The plants within them include original introductions from the wild, botanical rarities and plants named after the gardens themselves. Together they make up one of the most diverse and significant collections of cultivated plants anywhere.
The combination of Britain’s temperate climate, maritime history and the nation’s love of gardening has left a legacy of plant discoveries, plant breeding and collecting that we still enjoy today, reflecting passions, changing fashions and horticultural obsession.
" Plants are among the most vulnerable of our assets, requiring just as much attention, protection and expertise in caring for them as the most fragile objects displayed indoors."
Conservation has become increasingly important given the threats from climate change, new pests and diseases and the destruction of native habitats where a number of these plants originated. Discover some of the highlights from this rich horticultural treasure trove.