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Submission Criteria

Our core aim is to promote town and village open gardens events and to bring people and communities together under the common theme of gardens.

It's not about the money, money, money ...

... so sang Jessie J.

Our core aim puts people and communities first, and fundraising second. If your main aim is simply to raise money, with no real regard for getting people and communities together, then this website isn't for your event.

Focus on Fun, not Fundraising

A great phrase which encapsulates our ethos. Do please keep this in mind, and don't fall into the trap where this year's event has to be bigger and better than last year, and has to raise even more money.

Please feel free to add your event if ...

  • it is a 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.

Please do not add:

  • Individual gardens
    The task of including these is too great for our volunteer team. To understand our reasoning behind this, read this.
  • NGS Gardens
    Please do not add NGS gardens that appear on the NGS website or in the Yellow Book.
  • Stately Home and Country House Gardens
    We cannot feature these unless they are taking part in a wider 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 provided that the event meets the criteria above. An example of a remote organiser is a hospice which organises a village open gardens 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.
  • have a core aim of bringing people and community together.
  • comprise seven or more gardens that are in the same village/town and that open on the same date.
  • have as its main focus gardens that will interest visitors.
  • include a clear statement that proceeds go to charities or local good causes.

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

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