National Open Garden Scheme

National Open Garden Scheme

Whether you are looking for a restful, waterside spot, tumbling herbaceous borders, a shady woodland walk or spectacular borrowed landscapes, there is plenty to choose from in the National Garden Scheme’s collection of gardens opening throughout the rest of the year. For many of these gardens pre-booking is now only essential where mentioned on the garden page, otherwise you can buy your ticket on arrival at the gate.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated over £60 million to nursing and health charities and made an annual donation of £2.88 million in 2020. Our core beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health and grant bursaries to help community gardening projects.

Stockcross House. Romantic 2 acre garden set around a former rectory (not open) designed to create vistas of the impressive church tower of St. John’s. Deep herbaceous borders with emphasis on naturalistic planting and colour combinations. Large orangery, wisteria and clematis clad pergola. Naturalistic pond on lower level and small stumpery. Folly and reflecting pond, croquet lawn and long rose clad wall.
Rookwood Farm House.This exciting valley garden, a work in progress, has elements all visitors can enjoy. A rose covered pergola, fabulous tulips, giant alliums, and a recently developed jungle garden with cannas, bananas and echiums. A kitchen garden features a parterre of raised beds, which along with a bog garden and colour themed herbaceous planting, all make Rookwood well worth a visit.
Old Camps, Thatcham, Headley. As featured on Gardeners' World, a breathtaking garden set over an acre, which benefits from panoramic views of Watership Down. Surprises await, ranging from traditional herbaceous borders through desert/prairie planting, an enchanted knot garden, potager to exuberant subtropical schemes; featuring bananas, cannas, hedychiums and more. New additions incl the Ravine Garden and Orto.
Oakfiled Rd, Oxfordshire. A small tropical inspired garden that incorporates good use of the small space. Overflowing with palms, bamboo, cannas, tree ferns, hedychiums, tetrapanax papyrifera 'rex' and colocasia. Small walkway leading to a decked area with hot tub and thatched gazebo with its own Tiki bar. Also small pond, lawn, patio area and greenhouse, in an area of 10 x 12 metres.