Garden conservation

It takes more than just gardening to care for some of the UK's most important gardens. Behind the scenes our experts provide the specialist conservation skills needed for the long-term future of these special places

The Pillar Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire, in May
The fragrant yellow shrub rose, Rosa Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas, who saved our gardens 

Discover the life of Graham Thomas, the man who saved and restored many National Trust gardens and created one of the most celebrated rose gardens in the world.

Late summer cosmos, orange calendulas and sunflowers blooming in the Dial Garden

Looking after Tyntesfield in summer 

Enjoy the beautiful summer garden at Tyntesfield in Somerset, a remarkable Victorian estate, little changed in 150 years. Follow the gardens team behind-the-scenes over the course of a gardening year.

A path winding through the garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Gardens through the ages 

Learn about medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and 20th-century gardens, and where to see our finest examples.

Women gardeners harvesting chard in the kitchen garden at Knightshayes

Meet five inspirational women gardeners 

From gardening apprentices learning the ropes to plant 'detectives' painstakingly identifying unknown varieties, meet five of the inspirational women gardeners helping to keep history alive at the places we look after.

Conservation in action
Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia) growing in the walled garden at Rowallane

Plant conservation 

Just as grand buildings and stunning collections can tell the tales of changing tastes and the rise (and fall) of fortunes, so too can the exotic plants in their gardens. With more than 200 gardens to look after, discover how we ensure their beauty lasts forever, for everyone.

For garden lovers...

Visitors in the garden at Wallington
Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to you, we're able to protect our glorious gardens for ever, for everyone