Gardens open by arrangement

Booking for a group or after something specific?

Some of our gardens in England are re-opening from the beginning of June. If they are going to be open they will have PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL beside their date. You will be able to book tickets to all gardens opening from the Monday prior to their open day.

You can also go on a virtual garden visit and support us with a donation.


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Visit one of over 1000 gardens open by arrangement

Enjoy a more personalised garden visit with your group. Simply use the search above to plan your garden visit for the day you want, at a time convenient for you, with exclusive access to the garden.

What is a by arrangement garden?

A garden open by arrangement accepts groups of visitors to their garden for a more personalised visit, on a pre-agreed date. Usually, the garden will advertise a range of dates available that they are willing to open so that groups can decide on the most suitable option for them.

What are the benefits of booking a visit in advance?

Booking a by arrangement garden gives you direct contact with the garden owner, allowing you to liaise on everything from convenient times and dates, to what you’ll see and do once you’re there.

There’s something for everyone, and visitors can usually expect a talk from the garden owner and our famous tea and cakes – and maybe something extra depending on the time of year.

Opportunities include …

Tour groups

Tour groups and other groups such as U3A and WI are all welcome, as well as groups of friends and family. If you’d prefer to speak to someone about your requirements please get in touch with your local County Organiser.

What if I am not part of a group?

Did you miss an open day or perhaps you would like to bring your family back for a bespoke visit for a special occasion? If you are not part of an organised group but still wish to visit one of our By Arrangement gardens, do still get in touch with the garden owner. They might be able to add you to a group already visiting or some By Arrangement gardens are happy to accept smaller groups. You can identify those via the search function above.

Booking your personalised visit

Simply use the search function at the top of this page to find a garden in your area that opens on the date you require. From the garden information page you will find the garden owner’s contact details. They are waiting to hear from you and will be delighted to help you create the perfect visit for your group.

The garden owner will confirm all the details and whether they require a deposit/full payment ahead of the visit.

Enjoy your garden visit!

“We very often go to National Garden Scheme gardens because we find the owners very welcoming and appreciative of our interest in their gardens. The highlight of our visits is often admiring the stories they tell, as they show us around, of how they started and developed their gardens. If they can give us advice on particular plants, that’s a bonus.”

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