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This year I managed to convince 7 other gardening friends in the village to open their gardens on Sunday 23rd June from 2-5pm for our chosen charity, Shropshire Mental Health Support. The participants will go to our local church, ‘All Saints’ church to register ( not decided how much we should charge yet) and to pick up a map with the gardens marked on there. The gardens are all a max. 10 min walk from the church and after they have visited the gardens they can return to the church for some well deserved tea, coffee & cake. The annual charity plant sale just got too big for me to manage so each garden can sell their own plants if they so wish. What my question is how much should we charge for visiting 8 gardens? A £1 per garden making it £8? Please let me know what you think.

I have included some plants I’ve managed to dig up & divide. Amazed at how many seedlings I managed to pot up! These will hopefully all be sold in aid of our chosen charity.

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we are facing a similar issue.
it will depend on how big the gardens are and if you are including the tea & coffee too.

£8 sounds fine then refreshments extra. We found asking for donations for the refreshments gave us a bigger sum at the end of it. We did say minimum donation for tea/coffee and a slice of cake/scone £3.50

14 Apr, 2024


It might be worth getting your open gardeners to discuss prices of plants they are selling in common. The less common priced higher etc.

14 Apr, 2024


What a great idea Amsterdam...hope it is successful for you.I would think £1 a garden if there are 10 opening but plants can be individually priced.Refreshments could be extra.

14 Apr, 2024


£8 sounds about right to me. In our town we have an Open Gardens day every other year, and this year more than 20 have signed up. We sell tickets in advance at a GC and a bookshop for £9, and on the Day, £10 at any participating garden. Some owners sell refreshments and some sell plants - all profit is divided between the Red Cross and our local Hospice. It’s fun and a very popular day.

14 Apr, 2024


Thank you all for your replies, always good to hear what others are doing. We’re having a meeting to discuss the reg price and who will be selling plants. They will be mostly standard annuals & perennials that gardeners have dug up or divided.

14 Apr, 2024


Two thoughts. If you're charging £8 to see the gardens, you will need a of change if people are paying cash (they will probably offer a tenner). Are you giving them a ticket to prove they have paid when going to the other gardens? Maybe charge £10 with one lucky ticket holder getting a total refund?

Plant prices. When we opened, we had coloured sticks in each plant pot and an explanatory chart nearby - red = £1, yellow = £2, etc

14 Apr, 2024


Hello Amsterdam - is this Bomere Heath - we missed your charity open gardens last year - I have put your date in the diary and we hope to make it this year - are dogs allowed she is a well behaved collie Jane

15 Apr, 2024


If it’s any help, our “tickets” take the form of a programme (A4 folded to A5) listing the gardens and with a sketch map on the back showing the roads where each one is. Visitors have to show the programme at each garden they visit, or of course buy one at the gate. As Andrew says, you will need plenty of £1 coins to give change.

15 Apr, 2024


Thank you all for your great suggestions- plenty to consider! Very helpful. I do have a mobile card paying device that I can use as well. They will be given a pamphlet with a map with the gardens marked on it, I suppose they can get a stamp at every garden? Jane Lloyd- this is the Baschurch Garden Trail. Am not aware if Bomere Heath do one as well. Yes dogs allowed on the lead.

15 Apr, 2024


Amsterdam, I couldn't add anymore, the others have said it all, great advice really!

19 Apr, 2024

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