Gardens ‘by arrangement’
Did you know that we have hundreds of gardens that are open to visitors by arrangement with the garden owner? This is your chance to arrange an exclusive visit!
Benefits of arranging a visit
Flexibility – arrange a time to suit you and the garden owner and last-minute bookings are often available
Privacy - see a garden away from the crowds
Enjoy a guided tour or freedom to wander
Small groups/couples or bigger groups welcome – just ask the owner or check the listing
How to arrange your visit
Browse the guidebook or website and look for ‘by arrangement’ gardens in the opening details for each listing
Contact the garden owner to arrange a time – contact details or booking links will be in the book and on the website listing
‘Garden owners offer ‘by arrangement’ visits for various reasons; limited car parking, convenience or keeping visitor numbers at a more manageable level.
If garden owners are willing to be included in the Book and on the website, they are really looking forward to welcoming visitors. Smaller numbers, no car parking issues and probably no teas, it is also easier to cancel or rearrange appointments if we return to restrictions from the virus. It can be a great visit for a horticultural society or local group (restrictions permitting) or for a small group or couple – just ask the owner.and go and have a look, you will love it! You might even get a personal tour and all those questions answered or you will be welcome to explore on your own, if you prefer.’ - Mandy Readman, former District Organiser for Strilingshire
If you’re new to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, our Garden Visitor page will help you plan your days out to a garden.