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Visit our garden in support of the NGS - 6th July

Saturday 6 July 2024
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Open Gardens

We're delighted to be partnering with the National Open Garden Scheme to allow access to our organic demonstration garden for two special dates on 6th July and 7th September, 2024.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The money raised from these open gardens goes towards supporting vital nursing and health charities. Admission to our garden for NGS dates is £5 and tickets can be booked through the NGS link below.

What you will see in July

Unlike our guided garden tours, you will be able to explore our gardens at your leisure during the NGS open days.

Come and enjoy our organic demonstration garden at the height of its dazzling summer display. July is the time when our ornamental garden really shines with everything in full bloom, including our container garden.

Our pond will be fluttering with damselflies and dragonflies and our hedges packed with birds feeding and nesting. There'll be plenty to keep the team busy with compost turning, lawn care and harvesting the first tasty, organic vegetables.

Between May and August, you can explore the National Plant Collection of Symphytum with 30-plus varieties of comfrey on display. Known as the organic gardener’s best friend, this plant is used to make nutritious, organic liquid feed.

Garden beds at Ryton

It was great being able to see the gardens, get ideas and ask questions. I liked learning more about using comfrey and nettles as liquid feed

— July tour attendee

About our garden

Bursting with vegetables, flowers, insects and organic inspiration, our unique organic demonstration garden is packed with ideas and techniques to help you garden the organic way.

As the only organic horticultural charity in the UK, our garden reflects 65 years of sustainable horticulture knowledge and expertise. The garden addresses ways of dealing with the challenges of climate extremes such as flooding and drought and demonstrates the practices and principles of successful organic gardening, from composting and soil health to encouraging biodiversity.

There’s a beautiful ornamental garden with plants and flowers to attract a wide range of wildlife, and a kitchen garden with seasonal fruits and vegetables that include unusual, heirloom varieties selected from the charity’s Heritage Seed Library – which holds the 800-plus National Plant Collection for heritage vegetables.

Raised beds, containers and vertical plantings show what can be done in smaller gardens, balconies or rented accommodation. And there’s an alpine area dedicated to Garden Organic founder Lawrence Hills, who was a specialist grower of alpines and created beautiful displays for the Chelsea Flower Show.

Book your place via the National Garden Scheme website.