Visit a garden FAQs

There are many ways you can visit our gardens. Below you will find the answers to some of the most common queries.

Update 29th January 2021 – We would normally be holding our Snowdrop Festival through the month of February. Given the current Coronavirus restrictions that is not possible, but a limited number of gardens in England with appropriate space will be available to local visitors for exercise. A list of these gardens can be found here. Please click here for our updated full Coronavirus statement.


Do I have to book a ticket to visit a garden?

It depends. Some gardens are pre-booking essential due to size, parking or covid restrictions. If that is the case it will say on their listing pre-booking essential and there will be a yellow book now button or details of how to contact the garden owner to book a ticket.

Most other gardens will give you the option to pre-book in advance or turn up and pay on the day.



I have pre booked tickets and haven't received my order confirmation/tickets

Please check you spam/junk/other folder as they can end up there.  If they are not there drop us an email to [email protected] and we can resend them. Do bear in mind that although this mailbox is monitored on weekends we may not be able to respond as quickly outside of office hours.


Are there toilet facilities at your gardens?

Currently no we are unable to provide toilets at our gardens.


Can I take my dog to your gardens?

Please check the individual garden listings and if there is a dog symbol then dogs are welcome. The owner may require you to keep them on a lead whilst in the garden.


Will refreshments be available or can we take a picnic?

Refreshments may be served at gardens currently but will be in a very limited way and on a takeaway basis only. Please note that even if gardens have indicated refreshments will be available that may not be possible in the current climate.



What about disabled access?

Many of our gardens do have good access but please check the garden you wish to visit and look for a wheelchair symbol.


There are no gardens open in my area

As the season draws to a close each year openings will decrease in numbers, but do check back for openings later on or you can also broaden your search in Find a Garden.


I am not able to visit a garden in person what else can I do to support the National Garden Scheme and the nursing and health charities you support?

We have a library of over 180 virtual garden visits you can enjoy and if you wish you can make a donation to our Help Support Our Nurses campaign here.

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