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Submission Criteria

Our core aim is to promote town and village open gardens events, so before you add your event, please determine if it's suitable for inclusion here.

Please feel free to add:

  • Town or village open gardens events comprising at least seven good gardens opening on the same date and in the same location and where the proceeds support charities or local causes.

Individual Gardens

  • Please do not add individual gardens - the task is too great for our volunteer team. To understand our reasoning behind this, read this.

NGS Gardens

  • Individual Gardens
    Please do not add Individual NGS gardens that appear on the NGS website or in the Yellow Book. However, we do welcome independent village-wide open garden events which include some NGS gardens.
  • Group Gardens
    We can accept NGS events where at least 5 gardens are open in the same town/village and on the same date. To support our costs, you will need to make a donation - the greater of £5.00 or one adult admission ticket. Please contact us at Open Gardens before adding your event.

Stately Homes and Country Houses

  • We cannot feature stately home or country house gardens that open for charity, unless they are taking part in a town or village open gardens event.

Multiple Event Organisers / Remote Organisers

  • If you organise multiple open garden events which support the same charitable cause, or if you are a remote organiser, you are welcome to add your event(s) to this website. An example of a remote organiser is a hospice which organises an event. We feel that it is only fair to ask you to support our overheads by making a donation for each of your events that we list. We suggest as a minimum the equivalent of one entry fee per event.

In summary:

Your open gardens event needs to:

  • be a town or village event rather than an individual garden.
  • comprise seven or more gardens that are in the same village/town and open on the same date.
  • have as its main focus gardens that will interest visitors.
  • include a clear statement that proceeds from admission, plant sales etc, go to charities or local good causes.

If your event doesn't meet these requirements, then it probably isn't suitable for inclusion here, but if you're in any doubt, just contact us at Open Gardens and we'll do what we can to advise.

Please remember ...

We are an open gardens website, not a general events website.

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