Opening your garden for charity can be a very rewarding and valuable experience, for you, your visitors and the charities that benefit. If you have a garden that is worth visiting, please think about opening it for the NGS.
Is my garden worth visiting?
Gardens don’t need to be large or elaborate to be enjoyable and interesting for visitors. If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, your garden may be just what we are looking for:
- Is your garden interesting?
- Is your garden attractive?
- Is your garden well maintained?
- Has it got ‘character’?
- Can you offer refreshments?
- Do you enjoy talking about your garden?
- Are you ready for an enjoyable and inspiring day?
Many NGS gardens are small back gardens that have been made special by hard work, skill and the love of gardening. Visitors like to see interesting planning and design, a good range of plants and gardens which have been tended with love and care. Visitors often like to talk about the garden with the owners, and they also enjoy a good cup of tea or similar refreshments. Access to a toilet is very comforting for many visitors, but is not essential.
Am I up to it?
Opening your garden to the public may seem daunting at first, but most garden owners find it a very enjoyable experience, and continue to open their gardens year after year. Find out more about the benefits of opening your garden here.
How often should I open?
You can decide to open once a year, although many owners find twice a year is ideal, especially to show the garden in a different season. Some of our dedicated garden owners like to open in spring, summer and autumn. It’s completely up to you.
If you are interested in finding out more, you can download our information leaflet here or call 01483 211 535 for further details. You can also contact your local volunteer team here who will be able to answer your questions. A member of the volunteer team will visit you and your garden at the time of year you would plan to open for the NGS.
You don’t need a garden worthy of a gold medal at Chelsea to be part of the NGS!