Grow like a pro

Top tips on from our expert gardeners

Top tips on from our expert gardeners

How to prick out seedlings

If you've planted lots of seeds recently, you should start to see little seedlings emerging and they'll soon out-grow their seedtrays or small pots. 

Here in the glass houses at Hampton Court Palace, our expert gardens team 'prick out' thousands of tiny plants every year and they're here to share their tips with you!

Greg's guide to pricking out seedlings

Once your seedlings are large enough to handle and have one or two leaves it’s time to give them more room to grow. This is called ‘pricking out’. It can be a tricky process to get right.

In this video, Greg Leeson (Horticulture Manager at Hampton Court Palace) shows you how.

The Kitchen Garden looking south-east, 4 June 2014. Showing an overview of the vegetable plots set out in a grid pattern.

How and why to mulch

How our experts mulch the kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace.

The Dahlia Border at Hampton Court Palace. Showing a large border with various varieties of dahlia flowers and a large hedge in the background under a cloudy sky

Inspiration for summer flowerbeds

Swap out your spring bulbs for summer flowers.

A woman and her two children enjoy playing on the South Lawn Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day

How to improve your lawn

Get your grass gorgeous for summer.

Things to see

Wander through the edible Kitchen Garden at Kew - a veritable sanctuary for wildlife, created to serve the royal family when staying at Kew Palace.


Kew Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A gardener attends to the Great Vine under its green branches at Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

Listed in 2005 as the world's longest grape vine, the Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic spectacle.


Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)