From sweeping vistas to organic vegetables, English Heritage cares for a number of historic gardens and landscapes around the country.
Find beautiful gardens to visit and learn more about the history of gardens through the ages, including those created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the 18th-century pioneer who radically changed the world of landscape gardening.
Spring garden highlights
With longer, brighter days and the warmth gradually returning, it's time to get out and start exploring. Experience spring in all its glory with a visit to one of our expertly cared for historic gardens in England.
Enjoy delicate snowdrops, spring daffodils and vibrant blossoms as our gardens burst into colour. Here's our pick of some of the best spring gardens to visit this season.Find a garden
Blooming Gardens events
Join us for a weekend of green-fingered fun with have-a-go activities, demonstrations and expert advice in our beautiful historic grounds.
Blooming Gardens - Audley End HouseSat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017
Blooming Gardens - Witley CourtSat 24 & Sun 25 Jun 2017
Blooming Gardens - Belsay Hall, Castle and GardensThu 29 Jun
Blooming Gardens - Walmer CastleSat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017
Gardens to Visit
From rolling parkland and stunning vistas to elegant parterres and working kitchen gardens, we look after some of the most magnificent gardens in the country. If you're looking for inspiration, we've picked out some of our favourites here.Top 10 Gardens for Gardeners
Enjoy over 90 acres of beautiful gardens, including landscapes remodelled by Capability Brown.
Wander the tranquil gardens created by Capability Brown, and enjoy stunning views across the Essex countryside.
Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in Kenilworth Castle’s restored 16th-century garden.
Explore this 15 acre garden connected by tunnels, bridges and pathways, including a fern dell built in the 1860s.
Enjoy the glorious terraces and stunning bedding made possible by the mild climate at Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight home.
Look out for spring blooms on Walmer’s woodland walk, and vist the tearoom to sample produce from the organic kitchen garden.
Explore a rare example of a 1930s Arts and Crafts garden during a visit to this stunning Art Deco home.
Visit the site of great scientific discovery at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.
Historic garden blogs
20 YEARS AT DOWN HOUSE – THEN AND NOW
In this blog we reveal how we re-presented the historic estate after acquiring it in the mid-1990s – and how we’re still bringing Darwin’s home to life 20 years on.
NOT JUST CRICKET: 7 SPORTS PLAYED AT OUR HISTORIC PLACES
While the rules and attitudes might have changed over the years, many historic sports are still recognisable today. Here are some sporting highlights you can explore in our historic gardens.
HUMPHRY REPTON AT KENWOOD: A NEW VISION FOR THE LANDSCAPE
At Kenwood in London, Repton provided advice on significant changes to be made to the landscape, and here we explore the designs that were used – and those that were not…
HOW CHARLES DARWIN’S GARDEN INSPIRED THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
From playing music to earthworms to wandering up and down his own ‘thinking path’, Charles Darwin found plenty of inspiration for his theories at Down House in Kent.
How to garden like a medieval monk
Discover how much attention monks paid to their gardens. We take a closer look at the history of Mount Grace Priory and the role gardens played in the daily life of its monks.
What can history teach us about the meaning of flowers?
Not all flowers were associated with a pleasant meaning. We look to the past to learn the historic language of flowers, a trend popular during the Victorian era.
IN SEARCH OF QUEEN VICTORIA’S FAVOURITE FLOWER
Violets were clearly a favourite with Queen Victoria throughout her life, but they were popular for a very long time before she brought them to the forefront of fashion.
HOW TO CREATE A TOPIARY SCULPTURE INSPIRED BY HISTORIC GARDENS
Topiary sculptures come in all shapes and sizes – from decorative balls and spirals to massive hedges and ornate birds and animals. Michael Klemperer, Senior Gardens Advisor, shares tips for how you can create a topiary spiral at home.
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