For Members who are interested, the NGS/Yellow Book have started a programme of opening some gardens for limited number, pre-booked timed ticket entry. Jo reports that it seems to work pretty well (don't bother with Montana near Cholesbury though!). The permitted numbers are appropriate for the size of the garden and social distancing is no problem. Hand sanitiser is generally available. You need to go onto the NGS web-site to see what is available and to pre-book. Geographically the gardens nearest to us are largely within the South East group. https://ngs.org.uk/product-category/garden-tickets/south-east/ It is only possible to book a week or so ahead - new open garden releases generally happen on a Monday. One currently on offer is 11 The Paddocks Wendover owned by BBC Gardener of the year 2002 Edwin Rye who has been to speak to us on a number of occasions inc on David Austin Roses & Delphiniums.
Some gardens book up very quickly but it is often possible to book on the day - and if a garden is popular there are often additional time slots provided. There are no refreshments at any gardens although some are happy for you to take a picnic. There are no toilet facilities and generally no plant sales.
For the next week here are also a number of virtual garden visits still available on the NGS web-site including one to John's garden at Ashwood Nurseries which might be of special interest to those who went on our visit in February…and for those who didn't! https://ngs.org.uk/johns-garden-staffordshire-step-into-nature/
The NGS are of course hoping that you will give a donation to their very worthy cause when watching as their charitable work has been decimated during lockdown.