Gardeners' tips

Hear from our gardeners and get lots of gardening inspiration and ideas to make the most of your outdoor space

Snowdrops at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Winter gardening tips: from our garden to yours 

As the cold nights set in, we're not the only ones that need to wrap up warm over winter. Our expert gardeners have got their top tips to help you look after your garden in the frosty weather.


Helping the birds in winter

Would you like to see more birds in your garden? To mark RSPB's Great Garden Birdwatch from 29-31 January, we've put together some top tips to help you keep your feathered friends happy during the winter months. Watch this video and wait for the birds to come.

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.

Pears growing on the tree at Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire in September

What's in season: December 

Celebrate the festive season with warming dishes packed full of goodness. Sprouts, cabbages, potatoes, leeks, pears and cranberries are just some of the tasty fruit and veg you can harvest or buy in December. Our gardening tips and recipes will help you make the most of this fresh produce.

Robin at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Give back to nature 

This year, more than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.

" 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.

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