Update 29 May 2020 - Opening status
Gardens will start opening next week including the 4 RHS Gardens. Some gardens will require visitors to book online beforehand.
When using our guide to visit gardens always click through to the Gardens own website for up to date information regarding openings.
Update 11 May 2020 - Garden Centres and nurseries can open if they want to from Wednesday 13 May subject to Social Distancing Guidelines.
Find out what we have been doing during lockdown at the home of Great British Gardens
Hello from Paul, creator of Great British Gardens, in our HQ located in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Our small team are all able to work from home, so I'm here with Dolly my dog and wannabe Great British Garden Mascot. She's practicing social distancing sitting 6ft away on her own chair, waiting for the telephone to ring as she likes to jump on my lap and listen in. Unfortunately there have not been too many calls recently.
However, we have been working hard to help Britain's gardens, on our online Garden Guide, during lockdown even though garden visiting is not possible.
Recently people have been turning to the internet and social media as a form of escapism. Images and videos of British Gardens are proving to be a source of inspiration and hope for people in lockdown all over the world. Our Facebook and Instagram accounts are booming and we now have over 73,000 and 90,000 followers respectively. Thousands tuned in for our 2 live Instagram Story takeovers recently at Abbey House Gardens and Iford Manor.
Our Facebook Group has grown from around 12,000 to nearly 30,000 members since lockdown, with thousands sharing pictures of previous garden visits, lockdown gardens and British inspired gardens worldwide. It really is wonderful to see the pleasure British gardens offer.
As we move towards a new 'normal' and when safe to do so, we anticipate a real boom in garden visiting. More so in 2021 than 2020. This year there are likely to be restrictions on numbers visiting gardens and many might not reopen this year at all. Some of the facilities may remain closed. Those gardens with online booking systems will benefit more as they will be able to control numbers. Other gardens may restrict visitors to members and season tickets.
I, as always, will continue to promote Great British Gardens and have started partnering similar gardening organisations worldwide, our first partner is Gardens of Ireland. It brings me great joy to be able to share the wonders of our treasured national Gardens with people from all over the world, in a time that needs hope and beauty more than ever.
We leave you with an image of Loseley Park Gardens in Surrey.