From sweeping vistas to organic vegetables, English Heritage cares for a number of historic gardens and landscapes around the country.
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.
Summer Garden Highlights
From the afternoons Queen Victoria spent painting landscapes at Osborne to the 19th century loos built in Brodsworth's backyard, discover how our gardens have been shaped by history.
This summer, take a walk through our historic gardens as sweet smelling roses, royal myrtle and freshly clipped topiary tell a sensory story from the past. You can even pack a picnic and feast among the flowers like our ancestors might have done.Find a garden
Podcast: Belsay Awakes
Join head of English Heritage’s gardens and landscape team, John Watkins, and acclaimed landscape designer Dan Pearson, for a combination of history and horticulture as we find out about the planned transformation of the gardens at Belsay Hall in Northumberland.
Discover the history of the gardens, the plans to bring them back to their blooming best, and the wider project to transform the visitor experience at this spectacular site.
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Gardens Through Time
Use this timeline to trace the evolution of gardens in England, from medieval monks to Capability Brown and William Morris.
Weeding Women: Shaping England's Gardens
Until the late 19th century professional gardeners were always men. However, this does not mean that England’s gardens were only shaped by male hands.
English Heritage looks after many nationally important historic gardens and landscapes. Discover how our experts care for these special outdoor spaces.
HISTORIC GARDEN BLOGS
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.
MOUNT GRACE: HOW TO SPOT AN ARTS AND CRAFTS GARDEN
Simplicity of design, use of local materials and traditional craftsmanship were all central principles of the movement we now know as ‘Arts and Crafts’. Discover how this applies to gardens.
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.
THE HISTORY OF OSBORNE MYRTLE IN ROYAL WEDDINGS
Myrtle, a delicate white flower that grows at Osborne, has been the flower of choice for royal brides since the 1850s. In this blog we investigate the royal tradition and it's popularity at weddings.
How to Make Soup
Watch as Mrs Crocombe, the Victorian cook, shows you how to make a light soup the Victorian way using rhubarb from the kitchen garden at Audley End House. You can discover more of her recipes by visiting our YouTube channel.Watch on YouTube
More to explore
Shop the Rose in Bloom Collection
Inspired by Wiltshire based artist Caroline Day’s “Seize the Moment” oil painting, this range of gifts was created to celebrate the beauty of flowers and is perfect for gardeners, nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike.
Days out with Dogs
Enjoy a great day out with your dog at an English Heritage property. There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for your furry friends to enjoy.
Become a Member
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