National Garden Scheme

Visit a Garden and Help a Charity

Over 3,500 gardens each year open under The National Garden Scheme. Through modest entry fees, teas and slices of cake, the scheme has raised over £50 million for nursing charities since starting in 1926. More than half a million garden fans visit a garden each year.

Private Gardens Open to the Public

Through the scheme private gardens up and down the country open their beautiful gardens with the help of the scheme to the public. Gardens range from modest suburban gardens to small estates, all sharing a love for gardening and a will to help a good cause. For many years the key to finding a garden to visit near you was the famous yellow book. Although the book can still be bought, you can also find a garden online through the National Garden Scheme website.

Open your Garden

You don’t need a garden like Chatsworth, Blenheim or be a Chelsea medal winner to open under the scheme. If your a passionate gardener and your friends love your garden, then others will do. Through regional coordinators and volunteers, the scheme will advise and support you. Whatever the size of your garden if it has quality, character and interest, it could give you a chance to show off your hard work whilst raising much needed funds for charity.


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