Calling new gardeners for 2025!

Hear from one of our village openers at Auchtermuchty Open Gardens, Toril Imrie, on why her local community chose to make opening their gardens a yearly event!


Love your garden? Someone else will too! Open your garden for charity with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and share your passion for the world’s natural beauty! 

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme has been raising money for charity for nearly a century, and now you are invited to become a part of that long-standing tradition! Open your garden for charity and join an amazing network of gardens, great and small, opening around Scotland.  

Each year, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme invites new gardens to take part and is now seeking gardens to join in for 2025. By opening your garden, every admission ticket, plant, cup of tea or baked good sold will go towards supporting charitable causes. You choose where the proceeds go - up to 60% can go to a charity of your choice, with the remainder returning to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and its three core beneficiaries, Maggie’s, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland and Perennial. Opening your garden is a wonderful way to give back to your community and help fund the projects that matter to you!  

This past year alone, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme opened over 500 private gardens to a crowd of around 77,000 visitors, helping the charity raise £230,000 for 242 chosen causes. This year, over 50 new gardens were unveiled in 19 Districts. Your garden could also be featured under the “New Gardens” listing in the Scheme’s iconic Yellow Book – join now and see what all the buzz is about! 

Aldourie Castle Garden
Aldourie Castle Garden, new in 2024

Gardens of all shapes and sizes are welcome, from country estates and courtly homes to cottage gardens, urban oases, community gardens and allotments. School and sustainable gardens are also popular among visitors. There is no limit to how big or small a garden must be, nor how many gardens can participate in a village opening. The more, the merrier - get together and open as a group! 

How you can make an impact 

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s mission is to raise funds for charity by encouraging, promoting and supporting garden openings whilst making the whole experience inspiring, rewarding and enjoyable for all. The charity also aims to share good gardening practices, support volunteer groups and raise awareness of charitable impact through campaigns, events and distribution of both digital and print materials.  

Among other causes supported, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme has recently launched the Cattanach Bursary fund to support horticulturists in Scotland and donated a further £3,700 to other garden-related causes. Additionally, the Scheme has recently begun to raise awareness of new methods of eco-conscious gardening that will help maintain the beauty and harmony of nature for years to come. 

By opening your garden, you will be promoting efforts to make our world a greener and healthier place, furthering the work of hundreds of charities, supporting the Scheme’s three core beneficiaries and sponsoring a dedicated network of volunteers and gardeners across Scotland.   

The support you’ll receive 

Gardens are promoted in Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s famous yellow Guidebook, on its website and nationally distributed leaflet, in social media and weekly e-news, as well as with posters and in the press, all with advice and support from a wonderful team of local volunteers and Head Office staff.  

If your garden has quality and character, consider opening with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Registering your garden with the Scheme costs nothing, brings people together and leaves a lasting impact! Gardens may open as a one-off event, as a series of openings, as part of a group or even by arrangement. Moreover, open days are covered by the Scheme’s Public Liability insurance. 

For inclusion in our 2025 guidebook, please get in touch before October 16th! More details are available on the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme website at https://scotlandsgardens.org/open-your-garden/. Alternatively, you may email info@scotlandsgardens.org or call 0131 226 3714 for an informal discussion regarding garden opening. 

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