A year in the life of Hampton Court Palace gardens

Our gardeners look after the world's oldest puzzle maze, the world's oldest grape vine, Britain's longest herbaceous border, three National Plant Collections and over 60 acres of historic gardens. Find out how they do it in this series of films.

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Daffodils in the Wilderness, Hampton Court Palace (2012) by Paul HighmanHistoric Royal Palaces

Spring

Spring is an exciting time in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens, when daffodils, snowdrops, tulips and other spring blooms fill the Wilderness and the Pond Gardens with a riot of colour.

Early spring flowering bulbs (cyclamen) in the Wilderness, Hampton Court Palace (2020) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

While some gardeners are busy pruning and nurturing tens of thousands of plants in the nurseries, it's time to 'groom' the gardens ready for spring and summer visitors. And not all the visitors are human!

Hampton Court Palace Gardens: SpringHistoric Royal Palaces

Hear from our gardeners as they get ready for the seasonal year.

Citrus trees, Privy Garden, Hampton Court Palace (2019) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Summer

Summer in the Hampton Court Palace gardens is about colour and activity. As the Privy Garden is transformed by the scent and shape of Queen Mary II's Exoticks collection, the Rose Garden bursts into life.

Dahlia 'Oakwood Dazzle', Hampton Court Palace (2019) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Later in summer, a glorious collection of dahlias come into full bloom, gracing both the Kitchen Garden and the Dahlia Border.

Gardener in the Great Fountain Garden, Hampton Court Palace (2015) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Hampton Court Palace Gardens: SummerHistoric Royal Palaces

See how our gardeners make sure the grounds stay at their best throughout the summer in this video.

Autumn in the Wilderness, Hampton Court Palace (2019) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Autumn

It's all change in autumn, when our expert gardeners harvest a spectacular collection of pumpkins, squashes and other produce in the Kitchen Garden, and plant over 200,000 bulbs ready for winter. 

Pumpkins and squashes, Kitchen Garden, Hampton Court Palace (2019) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Elsewhere, autumnal colour can be seen in the Wilderness as the leaves start falling.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens: AutumnHistoric Royal Palaces

See the big planting changeover in action and hear how the team, including our shire horses, are getting ready for winter

The Rick Pond in Home Park, Hampton Court Palace (2012)Historic Royal Palaces

Winter

It may look quiet in the gardens over winter but, as Head of Gardens and Estates Terry Gough says, the gardeners aren't hibernating! 

Goldfinch bird (Carduelis carduelis), 20th Century Garden, Hampton Court Palace (2014) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

Our expert Hampton Court Palace gardeners are working hard to nurture our grounds, both in-front and behind the scenes.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens: WinterHistoric Royal Palaces

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