It's a great idea, opening up private gardens to the public for a 'small' donation. We the public get to look at and enjoy beautiful gardens and hopefully come away with new ideas for our own patches. In return much needed funds are raised for worthwhile charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan and Help the Hospice.
When the scheme was founded back in 1927 it was only a shilling a head to gain entry, but our local gardens are charging £5.00, plus extra for tea and cake. It seems you can buy a ticket that will give you access to several gardens if they are all in the same village, I think that would be better value, and it would still feel as though you were doing your bit towards raising revenue. Children are usually free so that's good for families.
If you have the time it's a lovely thing to do, some of the gardens are truly amazing. There are over 3,700 open gardens in England and Wales, pop over to the website and find some near you.This is me having a bit of a L'oreal moment underneath a fragrant