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

 Rose Veilchenblau on arch, in the rose garden in June at Mottisfont, Hampshire
The double borders in the walled garden at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Weathering the heatwave 

The hot weather may be putting a strain on many traditional garden plants, but the unusual and exotic planting at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk is thriving. Discover how the drought-hardy plants survive the UK's usual soggy summers and why this year's heatwave is helping.

Archive photo of gardeners in Morden Hall Park's Rose Garden

Restoring Morden Hall Park's rose garden 

Vibrantly coloured and sweet scented, the rose garden at Morden Hall Park has delighted summer visitors for almost a century. For the last five years, the team at Morden Hall Park have been working hard to restore the garden to its original splendour.

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.

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...

Gardeners working in the Walled Garden at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Top tips for gardening in hot weather 

When it's hot outside, the experienced gardeners that keep our gardens looking great all year round urge you not to panic. Follow their top tips and your gardens and lawns will survive the heatwave.

Visitors in the garden at Wallington

We couldn't do it without you

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