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

Large Christmas baubles decorate a tree in the garden at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
A Christmas tree farm

Evergreens and Christmas trees 

Have you ever wondered how an evergreen keeps its leaves in winter, or why the fir has become such an iconic festive feature? Pam Smith, a garden consultant in the Midlands, reveals all.

A Robin among holly branches

Five things you never knew about holly 

From pagan roots to glittering decorations, discover the myths, magic and history of holly, one of the UK's favourite festive plants.

Conservation in action
Edith Lady Londonderry in the gardens at Mount Stewart

Great women gardeners 

From wealthy socialites to horticultural pioneers, journey through the gardens of time and discover seven of history's most inspirational women gardeners.

A portrait of Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton: the first landscape gardener 

Repton, the original landscape gardener, brought his unique design style to the gardens and parks at more than 20 of our places. As a skilled water colour painter, each commission was accompanied by one of his ingenious 'red books' to illustrate his proposal.

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