Sowing the seeds for digital growth
Wed 28 Mar 2018
As Spring finally appears and our garden owners ramp up the work preparing their gardens for opening, we have been busy growing our digital presence over the winter months. Our website and in particular our Find a Garden search facility has had a major update. Read on to find out all about our new features to help you find the perfect garden to visit.
Find a Garden Search
With over 3000 gardens on our books ranging from single openers to gardens opening as a group, it is important we have a search facility that shows you, our garden visitors, a selection of the best gardens for your needs. Our updated find a garden search facility allows you to get started in your search a lot quicker. One box to type in either your town, postcode or garden name that pre populates with suggestions to help you find what you are looking for in a jiffy. You can select when you want to visit, from this weekend right up to specific dates picked on a calendar. The search engine will bring back a list of gardens in date order and within 25 miles of your specified location.
If that brings back too many results or not quite the results you were looking for you can use the filters to either narrow or widen the distance searched or find you a garden with specific areas of interest, like snowdrops or children very welcome.
When you see a garden of interest just click on the image or name to see full details of opening times and facilities etc. From the garden listing you can add the opening date to your online calendar, favourite it so that it is saved on your account on the website or even share it on social media to tell all your friends about the National Garden Scheme.
By Arrangement Gardens
By Arrangement Gardens are a very special group of gardens that offer something a bit more bespoke for garden visitors. If you are a group that want to arrange a visit at a special time, or maybe an individual or family group that want to visit away from a busy open day or to celebrate a special occasion, a By Arrangement garden could be just the ticket. By Arrangement gardens have their own page and search engine to help you find the perfect bespoke gardens. The search works in a very similar way to the main find a garden, but here you can enter your group size to ensure you get a list of gardens that match your needs.
Special Garden Selections
We love to celebrate the seasons and special occasions here at the National Garden Scheme and often create special pages to help you do this too. From gardens displaying snowdrops or daffodils, the perfect Mother’s day outing or gardens particularly suited to children, please look out for our special garden selections pages throughout the year under Plan a Visit.
Enjoy finding the perfect garden and happy garden visiting!