Open Gardens and Events

Gardens open in 2022 recommended are

25 Private Gardens Open in Cerne Abbas  June 2023

NGS website

The money raised goes to


Another year starts with masses of positivity following on from our amazing results from 2022.  Once again the National Garden Scheme – Nationally – were able to donate in excess of £3 million to our beneficiaries.  In fact £3.11 million was donated to our Nursing, Caring and Health Charities:-


Marie Curie £450,000

Macmillan Cancer Support £450,000

Hospice UK £450,000

The Queens Nursing Institute     £450,000

Carers Trust £350,000

Parkinson’s UK £350,000


The balance goes to another ten smaller charities.  You can find details of all our beneficiaries on the link 


Hampshire did not disappoint by increasing our totals raised in 2022 by just shy of 30% on 2021.  The popularity of our ‘By Arrangement’ gardens in 2022 was amazing.  These gardens open on specific days agreed between the garden owners and Groups – be it a small group of friends to groups of 20 or 30 members of Garden Clubs or u3a members etc. This gives the group a much more personalised and leisurely visit. Several of our gardens have the ability to take couches.   Once again this year I have produced an A4 sheet with all the By Arrangement Gardens listed with contact details, areas and rough dates.  Following on from this Newsletter I will be sending another email with two pdf. attachments.  Firstly a handy double sided A4 page suitable for printing and taking to your Meetings.  Secondly there is a longer version and this includes the link directly to the NGS website for the individual garden.  This year you will also see that the Isle of Weight is included at the end.  The IOW will also be included at he back of the Hampshire County Booklet, which should become available in early February


Our 2023 Open Garden Season starts as usual with our Snowdrop Festival.  


So…. as one of our first By Arrangement Gardens we have:-




THE DOWN HOUSE:  Itchen Abbas SO21 1AX

Opening:  February to March for Groups of 10 plus.

Admission:  £10.00  Children free – Includes homemade tea.


Contact: Jackie & Mark Porter  07814 958810 


A 2 acre garden laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim’s Way. In winter come and see the snowdrops, aconites and crocus, plus borders of dogwoods, willow stems and white birches. A garden of structure with pleached hornbeams, rope-lined fountain garden, formal box-edged potager, a yew lined avenue and walks in adjoining meadows.


This is swiftly followed by:-


LITTLE COURT:   Crawley   Winchester  SO21 2PU

Opening:  Sunday & Monday 12th & 13th & 19th & 20th February:  2pm to 5pm.

Admission:  £5.00  children free.

Refreshments:  Home-made teas. 


This walled, sheltered naturalistic garden is worth visiting in all seasons, and is specially exciting in spring. There are many established flower beds and climbers, and a traditional kitchen garden. Also free range bantams.

Open BY ARRANGEMENT:  From February to August:  Contact Mrs A R Elkington   01962 776365





CHAWTON HOUSE    Chawton   Alton    GU34 1SJ

Opening:   Sunday 5th February   10.00 am to 3.30pm

Admission:   £5.00  children free

Refreshments:  Home-made teas. 


Snowdrops and spring flowering bulbs are scattered through this 15 acre listed English landscape garden. Sweeping lawns, wilderness, terraces, fernery and shrubbery walk surround the Elizabethan manor house. The walled garden designed by Edward Knight surrounds a rose garden, borders, orchard, vegetable garden and ‘Elizabeth Blackwell’ herb garden based on her book ‘A Curious Herbal’ of 1737-39.




BRAMDEAN HOUSE   Bramdean     Alresford      SO24 0JU

Opening:   Sunday  19th February   1pm to 3.30pm

Admission:   £6.00 children free

Refreshments:  Home-made teas 


Beautiful 5-acre garden best known for its mirror image herbaceous borders and 1 acre walled garden.  Vast carpets of spring bulbs, especially snowdrops and a large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs giving year-round interest.



Please help me get the word around about the NGS by forwarding this Newsletter all your members, friends and anyone who might be interested.  There are still an amazing number of people who are not fully aware this amazing charity. !!


I hope you will find some inspiration in this my first Newsletter for 2023.


Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy 2023


Pat Beagley (Publicity)

National Garden Scheme – Hampshire 


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photo credit Sally Milligan


Janet Smith