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 Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
Harvesting kale in the Kitchen Garden

Behind the scenes at our gardens: looking after Dyffryn in winter 

What does it take to look after one of the most important historic gardens in the country? We’re back behind the scenes at Dyffryn in Wales to discover what the gardeners get up to over the winter months.

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
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.

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