Gardeners' tips

During the coronavirus lockdown period, we've been retaining a small number of gardeners, maintaining social distancing measures, to carry out essential maintenance tasks and allowing our gardens to open gradually, safely and in line with government advice.

Gardeners in the Kitchen Garden at Ham House and Garden, London
Close view of a tree laden with ripening damsons at Hill House Farm on the Brockhampton EstateClose view of a tree laden with ripening damsons at Hill House Farm on the Brockhampton Estate

Get a taste of what's in season for September 

Read up on what's in season for growing and harvesting in September. Find out why we’re talking about damsons this month, and get inspired with some advice from our experts about how to get the best out of the season with recipes and growing tips.

Autumn gardening tips

A pile of seasonal produce dug up from a vegetable patch

Make your own compost 

Our gardeners have written some top tips for making your own compost at home. Follow this cost effective, step-by-step guide to help your garden - it will help reduce waste, too.

Freshly baked rhubarb and stem ginger scones on baking tray, fresh rhubarb on the side

Autumn feasts and farming 

Get the best recipe inspiration when you delve into our take on autumn feasts, inspired by the theme of autumn traditions in this season's Magazine. You can also learn about the sustainable farming techniques we use to grow, harvest and make the best of British food and drink.

Family on the Community Allotments at Minnowburn, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Allotments and growing spaces 

This year's National Allotments Week, which took place on 10-16 August, focused on the wellbeing benefits of gardening. To mark the occasion, we're sharing stories, recipes and tips that will nourish your soul and help you get the most out of your growing space.

Our gardeners will continue caring for our green spaces

Keep gardens growing 

Now more than ever, we need gardens and parklands to escape to. Give today and together we can help nature recover and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support, we couldn't keep gardens in bloom without it.

" I was a Head Gardener for twenty years and you never stop learning. You need to be creative, prepared to try new things and inspire a wide range of people. "
- Ian Wright, lead gardens adviser
Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

Listen to our podcast about gardens 

Download or listen to episodes from our podcast series that explore our most important historic gardens and meet the staff and volunteers who care for them.

Gardener's essentials

See our range of decorative and practical items for making your garden great