Group visits

An NGS garden is an excellent venue for a group visit. Your group might be garden enthusiasts, a women’s group or a photographic club looking for beautiful subjects – any and all groups will find a warm welcome at an NGS garden.

Here at The National Gardens Scheme, we like to make sure that you’ve got all the information you need to get the most out of your group visit.

What you need to do

  • Find a garden or gardens you are interested in visiting.
  • Contact the owners to check if they can accommodate your group.

Alternatively, you can contact a County Organiser who can guide your choice and suggest good gardens to visit. Contact details for County Organisers can be found here.

Things to think about

  • Some gardens will open by arrangement especially for your group.
  • Find out what size of group a garden can accommodate.
  • Check if the garden is accessible by coach.
  • There are villages and groups of gardens that open on selected days and these are very popular with groups.
  • County Organisers can help you plan visits to a number of gardens in the same area – if you have any questions please contact them.
  • Most information can be found in Gardens To Visit (formerly The Yellow Book) or on the NGS website.

How to book

  • Please book in advance of the visit with the garden owners and/or with the NGS County Organiser.
  • Individual gardens that open by arrangement are shown in Gardens To Visit at the beginning of each county’s section under ‘By arrangement only’ and ‘Also open by arrangement’. Contact the owner by telephone and/or email to discuss details.

Catering

Many of our gardens, including ‘by arrangement’ gardens, offer refreshments and some will be able to offer lunches. Discuss requirements with the owner.

Toilets

Not all of our gardens are able to offer toilet facilities. When toilets are not available, garden owners should be able to give the location of the nearest toilet facilities.

Payment

Please pay for your group at each individual garden you visit. Vouchers can only be used if an agreement is made with the garden owner in advance. Some garden owners will not be able to take vouchers.

At the moment there are no discounts for group visits. Garden admission prices are very reasonable, and all proceeds go to the National Gardens Scheme’s beneficiary charities.

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