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.
GARDEN EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
You don't have to be green fingered to stop and smell the roses this season. We've picked a bunch of our top garden events so you can make the most of the great outdoors, whether you're a lover of landscapes or a nature novice. Search all events by visiting our What's On page.
Blooming Gardens - Brodsworth Hall and GardensSat 27 - Mon 29 May 2017
See the spring blooms busting to life as we celebrate our beautiful restored Victorian gardens this weekend. Take a garden tour, enjoy a brass band performance or get hands-on with the family trail and planting activities.
Garden Explorers - Brodsworth Hall and GardensTue 30 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017
Have your green fingers at the ready at Brodsworth Hall this half term and explore the beautiful gardens with a family trail.
Blooming Gardens - Witley Court and GardensSat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017
Join us for a weekend of green-fingered fun with have-a-go activities, demonstrations and expert advice in the impressive grounds.
Blooming Gardens - Walmer Castle and GardensSat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017
Walmer’s big garden event as the gardens enter their best. Join tours led by our gardening team, visit the plant traders and enjoy music on the lawn.
Blooming Gardens - Belsay Hall, Castle and GardensSat 24 & Sun 25 Jun 2017
See the spring blooms bursting into life as we celebrate our beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens this weekend.
Victoria's fabulous garden party - osborneTue 30 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017
Come and celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday with a fabulous garden party at her favourite home by the sea.
Explore our historic gardens this spring
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit our historic gardens. As the weather starts to get warmer, many of our gardens transform into a riot of colour with plenty to discover.
Spend an afternoon admiring our seasonal flowers including tulips, daffodils and bluebells. Walk around vibrant parterres, explore our kitchen gardens and meander through enchanting woodlands that are all carefully tended to by our team of expert gardeners.
Here's our pick of the top historic gardens to visit this spring.See our spring garden highlights
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.
Dig in for a good read
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.
CAPABILITY BROWN: THE MAN WHO CHANGED ENGLISH LANDSCAPES FOREVER
Landscape Adviser Emily Parker explains who Capability Brown was why he became the go-to for English landscaping.
The secret gardens of Northumberland
Head Gardener Sarah Jo Harrigan takes us on a tour of the exotic and unusual gardens at Belsay Hall, which was inspired by the landscapes of Europe.
What's the difference between a maze and a labyrinth?
Do you know difference between these two types of puzzling pathway? Franziska Wittenstein, a Trainee Gardener at Wrest Park, explains the difference between mazes and labyrinths.
The Gardeners that time (almost) forgot
How many times have you walked around a garden and wondered about the people who created it? Landscape Advisor Emily Parker investigates some of these gardeners of the past.
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