There are several very useful and well respected organisations in the UK that can help you plan your garden visits…
Planning your Garden Visits
The Royal Horticultural Society
The RHS is the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS sets the standard for excellence in gardening here in the UK and organises events such as The Chelsea Flower Show in May and The Hampton Court Palace and The Tatton Park Flower Shows in July. There are 4 main RHS Gardens and 150 partner gardens. You can SEARCH GARDENS by selecting a town or postcode of the area you plan to visit or run a more specific search for plants that interest you or facilities you would like. There are over 800 gardens listed,150 RHS gardens and many other including National Trust Gardens.
If you are planning to visit the UK it is well worth JOINING THE RHS. The annual membership fee is £41/£55 for individuals and £60/£80 for couples and families. RHS members have special reduced rates to the flower shows and free access to Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor plus the partner gardens at certain times. Members receive a book with a timetable of events plus garden details and opening times.
The National Trust
The NT is the NATIONAL TRUST for England Wales and Northern Ireland. It protects our coastlines and landscapes and looks after many historic houses and gardens in the UK.
Many of them are famous world wide for example Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire and Sizergh Castle in Cumbria. If you are interested in GARDEN HISTORY then you can look at gardens through the ages.
A map of the UK shows GARDENS AND PARKS. You will need to scroll right down the page to find the map then select the area or garden you are interested in
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP ranges from £30 for young people to £104 for families. A handbook with details of places to visit and opening times is available to NT members. If you are planning a visit to the UK then it is well worth joining the NT. You can JOIN FROM THE USA and OTHER COUNTRIES.
The National Gardens Scheme raises funds for several charities by opening gardens to the public. Many of the gardens are privately owned and the owners personally welcome paying visitors into their gardens. Tea and cake and plant sales are usually on offer too and sometimes village residents join together opening several gardens for viewing on the same day.
Every year in February The NGS produces THE YELLOW BOOK which is widely regarded as the garden visiting ‘bible’. The book highlights gardens open for charity, private gardens of all sizes are included. They also work in partnership with The National Trust, The RHS and The Garden Museum. This year for the first time they are organising lectures. The first one is An Evening with Alan Titchmarsh on Wednesday 27th October in London.