Open gardens – 2023

Open gardens are great way to get close to nature wherever you live

The National Open Garden Scheme (NOGS) is a charity organization that was established in 1927, with the primary aim of raising funds for nursing and health charities through the opening of private gardens to the public.  

This organization was formed with the idea that by opening private gardens, people could appreciate the beauty of nature, learn about gardening, and at the same time, support good causes.

There are many beautiful gardens up and down the UK that will be open throughout the summer and we recommended you that you support your local garden wherever it maybe.
Visit the national garden scheme to find your local garden
One of our favourites is in Muswell Hill, North London.
Susan Bennett and Earl Hyde work tirelessly to keep this garden in tip top condition, not to mention the delicious cakes they always have. As with all these events kids are free. So please get out there this summer to show your support.

Alan Titchmarsh marks 50 years in gardening by moulding Beethoven’s hair at Muswell Hill home


This lovely article from the Ham & High 2015 gives a little glimpse into this treasure of a garden and the wonderful people that open it up every year for the community to enjoy

Today, the NOGS has become a popular national event in the United Kingdom. The scheme works by encouraging garden owners to open their private gardens to the public for a small fee.

The gardens that participate in the scheme are typically not normally open to the public, and they offer a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of privately owned gardens.

The scheme typically runs from March to October, with different gardens opening on different dates. Visitors can use the NOGS website to search for open gardens in their area, view garden profiles, and plan their visit.

The website also provides information about garden events, workshops, and other gardening-related activities that are taking place.

The money raised through the scheme is donated to nursing and health charities, and the NOGS has raised millions of pounds over the years.

The charities that benefit from the scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, and many others.

The National Open Garden Scheme is a fantastic initiative that combines the beauty of private gardens with charity fundraising.

It provides a unique opportunity for people to explore and appreciate private gardens while supporting good causes. If you’re a garden lover or simply looking for a great day out, be sure to check out the NOGS website and plan your visit to one of the open gardens near you.