Open your garden

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated over £70 million to nursing and health charities and in 2023 donated £3.4 million to our beneficiaries including: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson’s UK, Carers Trust and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

We can only donate such life-changing amounts by having wonderful gardens to share, and we are always on the lookout for beautiful new gardens to open, whether it’s rolling country acres, a cottage garden, town garden, wildlife-friendly space or community allotment. They all offer a unique and very personal experience to our garden-loving visitors and help raise money for great causes.

You can help…

You can help by opening your own much loved garden. Opening your garden to the public may seem daunting at first, but if you’re passionate about your garden, and your friends tell you how lovely it is, then it’s very likely other people will want to visit your garden too.

By opening your garden with the National Garden Scheme, you’re not only giving people a great day out – you’re also raising money to help change lives. What’s more you’ll be joining a community of other like-minded garden owners and volunteers, all passionate about great gardens and great cake!

Your garden would be included in the prestigious yellow Garden Visitor’s Handbook and on our website, and our county volunteer teams offer lots of support. So whether your garden is big or small, if you think it has quality, character and interest, we’d love to hear form you and arrange a visit.

Email [email protected], call us on 01483 211535 or contact your local volunteer team who will be able to answer your questions.

A wonderful day out

“Opening the allotments for the National Garden Scheme is a wonderful day. Plot holders love to be asked about what they’re growing, and visitors really enjoy the tea and cakes and Ploughman’s lunches”

Cynthia, plot holder at Paddock Allotments & Leisure Gardens, London

Image © Benjamin Mole

A warm welcome

“I can’t believe how warmly we were welcomed into the National Garden Scheme family or the level of support we’ve received. And although heading towards our first opening was really nerve-wracking, it’s one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done.”

Garden owners Stewart and Louise Woskett, Laurel Cottage, Hertfordshire. 

Visitors love all the wildlife

John’s Shropshire garden is a fragrant jungle buzzing with wildlife. He says “Visitors love all the ideas to promote biodiversity. It goes to show what’s possible in even the smallest garden.” 

Garden Owner, John Butcher, 153 Willoughbridge, Shropshire

Image ©Joe Wainwright 

Opening an oasis in Tottenham

“The National Garden Scheme is very helpful when giving ideas about what kind of opening(s) you can have, to suit you and your garden. It’s a very rewarding experience, and it also gives inspiration and a sense of focus. You’ll meet some great people and make some new connections too!”

Matthew Bradbury, Garden Owner, 21 Gospatrick road

Matched funding

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Our donations in 2023

Donor 1
Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
Donor 7 £350,000
Donor 8
Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000