Gardener's tips

Looking after more than 200 gardens has taught us a thing or two, so here our gardeners share some of their tips for a blooming beautiful garden

Working in the walled garden at The Argory
Alan Power recording the podcast at Stourhead

Listen to our gardens podcast 

Our new series of garden stories podcasts will take listeners to three of our beautiful heritage gardens to meet the gardeners, volunteers and visitors who help to look after these special places.

Staff and volunteers gardening at a National Trust property

Top 10 tips to prepare your garden for winter 

Want to find out how best to prepare your garden for the winter months? Find out with our ten top tips.

Spider web in the garden at Bateman's

Nine ways to make your garden more wildlife friendly 

Do you want to create a refuge for species that are declining in the wild? Here are nine ways you can bring more nature into your garden.

Making the Cotehele garland at Cotehele, Cornwall

How to make your own Cotehele garland 

Every year our volunteers and staff at Cotehele, Cornwall, create a 60-foot Christmas garland using flowers grown on the estate. Find out how to make your own Cotehele garland at home with our step-by-step guide.

" 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
Cotehele Gardeners strip flowers for the Christmas garland

Gardening events 

We run lots of garden-related events, from talks about specific plants to more general how-to style guides for gardeners looking to get the best out of their gardens.

Challenges for our gardeners
The front of the mainly 17th-century Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of the Peter Rabbit stories

The gardening challenge at Hill Top 

Ever thought what it might be like to garden at Hill Top? Pete our gardener is just the man to explain the particular challenges of the job and it’s not all about naughty little rabbits.

A gardener on a hydraulic cherry picker trimming the yew hedge behind a statue of Hercules. Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Don't try this at home 

Keeping our famous yew tumps at Powis Castle in tip-top condition is no easy feat but our gardeners make the task look easy.

Gardener's essentials

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

Garden lovers

Rose gardens, walled gardens and gardens designed by big names, there’s more than 500 years of history in our green and pleasant spaces