The National Garden Scheme, which organises open days of private back gardens, has started to open a select few over the next few weeks. The NGS find people with interesting gardens and provides the necessary tools for them to be opened up to the public, with the entry fee often going to charity.

It’s a sort of “open garden squares weekend“, but runs all year round, and being private back gardens is more intimate and personal than the grand gardens elsewhere.

With everything shut-down for the past few months, the gardens were also closed.

With being outside is now deemed to be relatively safe, some gardens are opening, but to prevent overcrowding, the gardens which were usually open to turn up and wander around, will now be by pre-booked tickets only.

Sadly, at time of writing, none of the central London gardens are open, but there are a lot in the surrounding counties, so if you’re a commuter into London, there may be something near you.

For full details of how to book each garden, go here.


  • 6 Wimpson Gardens, Southampton – Wednesday 3rd June & Thursday 4th June
  • Beechenwood Farm, Hook – Saturday 6th June & Sunday 7th June
  • Little Court, Winchester – Sunday 7th June, Monday 8th June & Tuesday 9th June
  • Spitfire House, Stockbridge – Saturday 6th June
  • Weir House, Old Alresford – Sunday 7th June


  • 43 The Ridings, Whitstable – Saturday 6th June
  • Brewery Farmhouse, Deal – Wednesday 10th June


  • Upper Green, Oxford – Saturday 6th June
  • Whitehill Farm, Burford – Sunday 7th June


  • Chilworth Manor, Guildford – Saturday 6th June
  • Dolphin House, Shackleford – Sunday 7th June
  • Moleshill House, Cobham – Sunday 7th June
  • Norney Wood, Godalming – Sunday 7th June
  • 15 The Avenue, Sutton – Sunday 7th June


  • Channel View, Worthing – Sunday 7th June & Wednesday 10th June
  • Copyhold Hollow, Haywards Heath – Monday 8th June
  • Great Lywood Farmhouse, Ardingly – Saturday 6th June, Sunday 7th June & Monday 8th June
  • High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden, Haywards Heath – Sunday 7th June
  • Lordington House, Chichester – Saturday 6th June & Sunday 7th June
  • Mill Hall Farm, Haywards Heath – Sunday 7th June

For full details of how to book each garden, go here.


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One comment
  1. JP says:

    The money from the donated tea and cakes as well as the price of getting through the garden gate goes to and happily in this pandemic season always has gone to healthcare and nursing charities ever since the charity was set up to pay for the continuation and re-instatement of district nurses a whole two decades before the NHS drew its first breath.
    It’s great news that the garden owners are again prepared to risk trampled lawns on top of the chance, however slim, of infection for the good of the health workers.

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