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Secret Garden Visits: A socially distanced fundraiser

We are delighted to announce a very special summer programme of Secret Garden Visits! Owners of some of the country's finest private gardens are generously opening their gates to help the Garden Museum raise funds to make up for income lost during the coronavirus lockdown. With their help, we can now enjoy garden visiting once again in the age of social distancing.

From Tom Stuart-Smith’s Barn garden to Arne Maynard’s medieval Monmouthshire retreat, this summer Friends and Patrons of the Garden Museum will be able to have an idyllic afternoon in one of Britain’s most beautiful private gardens, in line with socially distancing requirements, to support the Garden Museum.

Thanks to the brilliant news that we can now meet in gardens and open spaces in groups of up to six, each group booking is also limited to six guests maximum. Unlike our usual garden visits, these are totally private and exclusive – no one but your group will have access to the gardens on the day of your visit. All guests should respect 2m social distancing while in the gardens – which are of course large open spaces, where this can be done with ease.

With your group of friends or family – be you a book club or a birthday picnic! – you will have freedom to roam your chosen garden for the day, enjoy a picnic lunch at your leisure, and find inspiration in the landscape design, planting and history behind these heavenly gardens, some of which have been designed by the UK’s most sought-after garden designers.

Each visit is open for one group booking only – so snap it up fast if there’s a garden that catches your eye!

To book one of these fundraising Secret Garden Visits costs £600, which covers entry for up to six guests. Once you have booked, we will be in touch with information on exact address and parking arrangements.

This programme is for Friends and Patrons of the Garden Museum. To book one of these visits, become a Friend here for from just £36, or join as a Patron. Friends will need their membership number, found on the back of your Friends card, to purchase a ticket (Patrons will not need to do this). If you have joined and not yet received your membership please type “NEW”.

We will be announcing more Secret Gardens throughout June so keep your eye on the Garden Museum newsletter for the latest announcements.

For any enquiries please contact Fundraising Manager Christina McMahon at christina@gardenmuseum.org.uk.


Image: Wisteria walk in the private garden at Petworth House. Image courtesy of Lady Egremont.