The National Garden scheme is a charitable organisation set up by McMillan Cancer research that lets people open their usually private gardens to the public for a small fee that goes to charity. They run several events throughout the year but this weekend of 7-8 June are running a National Garden Festival Weekend.
The event will see over 500 available gardens throughout England and Wales with all types of gardens from urban to herb represented. Some of the gardens are also holding special events with examples such as sculpture collections and live music and most will offer tea and cakes.
Each garden has an individual page which does include access arrangements and facilities, if they are dog friendly as well as exact opening hours and admission costs. The pages also include some photographs of the garden and a local map to find it.
To see what will be local to you you can check by county or on the interactive map. Its a rare opportunity to get into many gardens big and small that are not usually open to the public and charities can benefit. Win win.