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

Lupins and foxgloves in the Long Borders at Hidcote, Gloucestershire, in June
Plants and Morris and Co. patterns displayed in the conservatory at Standen

How nature and gardens inspired Morris 

More than any other British decorative arts designer, William Morris drew on countryside and hedgerow plants to populate his patterns and old-fashioned garden flowers to inform his creations. To mark the new Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature exhibition at Standen, we look closer at his designs, their connection to nature and his lasting legacy.

Orchard House at Cragside

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.

Palm House

Five plants that changed Britain's gardens 

Adventurous 'plant-hunters' of the 18th and 19th centuries scoured the land in search of exotic and unusual trees and flowers. While they may not seem out of the ordinary today, these five plants have transformed British gardens.

For garden lovers...

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

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