There are many beautiful gardens belonging to Old Rectories, Old Vicarages, Old Parsonages, Abbeys and Priories which are part of the National Garden Scheme list of gardens open to the public in order to raise money for the NHS. The gardens are normally open to the public in the spring, summer and autumn.
During the worst of the pandemic, most of these gardens had to close. However, during this time the owners found a way for us to visit these gardens ‘virtually’. It was, and still is, a wonderful way of enjoying gardens and learning from what the owners tell us about them in these virtual tours. To enjoy viewing these filmed gardens, simply cut and paste the link below into any browser and it will take you to the NGS site where you can pick and choose any garden and ‘virtually’ enjoy it. https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits/
There are many old rectory, vicarage, parsonage, glebe and abbey gardens that are, in a normal year, open to the public. You can check if any of these are on the NGS virtual list. Simply go into the NGS website and select the tab ‘Find A Garden’ and type ‘rectory’ (or vicarage, parsonage, glebe or abbey). A list of these will appear and you can go through the list.
The good news is that we seem to be returning to normality and during the coming spring and summer months many gardens will be open. Some need to be be booked by prior arrangement and some can be visited spontaneously.
We have made a special list of rectories and vicarages which are ‘usually’ on the NGS website. To see this list please log yourself in as a Member: go to the Members Tab and select Log In, put in your Username and Password (if you have forgotten it do get in touch with email@example.com). Once you have successfully logged in to the Members Area, select, from the Members Tab, the Rectory Gardens to Visit.