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Across France this yr, over 100 gardens will open their doorways to guests with a purpose to elevate cash for charity. Open Gardens/Open Gardens have fun its 10th anniversary in 2024. It brings collectively gardeners and backyard lovers to have fun the backyard in all its selection, type, measurement and site, from the mountains to the coast. Over the years, the group has raised over 150,000€ for ailing and disabled kids.

A love of gardens helps kids's charities

Open Gardens was shaped in January 2014 after the success of 4 backyard visits the yr earlier than. These had been organized by the British house owners of personal gardens in La Creuse, who had been impressed by the UK's National Garden Scheme. They raised 300€ and donated it to a charity for kids and younger folks.

Encouraged by their success, the goal of the newly shaped Open Gardens was to open 12 gardens to the general public for one weekend and to boost 1,000€ for a similar charity – To every his personal Everest (To every his Everest). In the tip, 28 gardens participated throughout 4 departments. 1 / 4 of the taking part gardens had been French-owned and the remainder had been maintained by British residents. Open Gardens now helps 20 charities and actively seeks new French and English members to open their gardens below the scheme.

The gardens

Most of the gardens concerned are privately run and never often open to the general public. They carry pleasure to the individuals who have created and tended them and who open them on at the very least sooner or later a yr to share this pleasure with others. Each backyard go to will carry with it an opportunity to seek out out extra in regards to the crops that thrive in its explicit circumstances and to get inspiration on your personal backyard, or outside area, wherever that could be. Many of these internet hosting may even supply refreshments, and there could even be a possibility to purchase younger crops to take residence with you, all offered to supply funds for charity.

The charities supported

To every his personal Everest was based in 1994 by the primary French girl to beat Everest. Open Gardens has donated over 70,000€ in complete to the affiliation, which makes use of outside actions to assist restore confidence in kids and younger folks in remission from most cancers. Something More relies simply exterior Paris, supporting kids and adolescents with a number of disabilities. Open Gardens has donated over €17,000 to them over ten years.

Since 2015, Open Gardens has additionally supported 16 different associations, notably these coping with ailing or disabled kids. Donations complete €44,000 and embody €1,000 final yr to help Ukrainian refugee kids. Once an settlement is in place to assist a charity, Open Gardens goals to proceed to help them for quite a lot of years to assist ahead planning.

Remarkable Gardens

In addition to the privately owned gardens that type the spine of the scheme, some nationally acknowledged gardens accomplice with Open Gardens. They supply occasions and actions designed to boost cash for charity. One of those Remarkable Gardens, is Jardin Lacore, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Now open by appointment to most of the people, proprietor Alain Gribet first opened his backyard below the Jardins Ouverts scheme. He plans to proceed to take action for sooner or later annually to boost cash for the charities it helps.

Afternoon tea

Another accomplice backyard in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Arboretum de la Sédelle, held a day tea occasion in 2023, which it plans to repeat on Sunday twenty first July from 2pm to 6pm. This features a tour of the arboretum in French or English. More occasions are deliberate with accomplice gardens and these might be posted on the web site and on the Open Gardens Facebook web page.

Plan your go to

With over 100 Open Gardens open throughout the entire of France from this month, the probabilities are you’ll discover at the very least one to go to this yr. The web site features a map of the gardens, if you wish to search by location or postcode, and a calendar of open gardens and occasions when you favor to go looking by date. You should buy an annual membership to help the scheme and go to as many gardens as you want throughout the season, or simply pay to go to each.

Get concerned

President of Open GardensSue Lambert, advised The Good Life France, “we are always looking for new venues to open on our behalf, but we often hear gardeners say that their garden isn't good enough. Our answer to that is that if you have sufficient interest for a 30-minute visit, you will probably be accepted. Even if you don't, if there is a garden close to you which does, you can team up. All we ask is that you open your garden for at least one day per year. If your garden brings pleasure to you, it will almost certainly bring pleasure to others.”

Sue can be on the lookout for coordinators with good organizational abilities. Coordinators often take care of a small group of gardens (something from three upwards) and keep up a correspondence with the gardeners. They assist them to promote their opening, possibly serving to to seek out folks for them who will take cash on the gate or who may also help them by serving refreshments.

“There has been a lot of change within the association over the last year,” Sue says, “with several people retiring. In this our 10th anniversary year, we need as much help as possible to continue to support as many charities as we can in the future. As the new president, I am very positive about this and hope we can encourage new people to become involved.”


Sponsorship is invaluable to the event of Open Gardens, whether or not by means of monetary help, professional recommendation, promoting or different companies for which there would usually be a cost. This help will increase the quantities donated to charity annually, and contributes on to the enlargement of the scheme throughout France.

Award-winning property brokers Leggett Immobilier International offered the funding to design and develop the web site and information administration system. Leggett has additionally funded promoting leaflets, advertising and contributed in the direction of different bills. And Joanna Leggett, Head of Marketing for Leggett opens her personal backyard to the general public as a part of the scheme and says “We are proud to be the main sponsor and supporter of Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts and wish the charity and garden owners every success in the coming year. We are also proud to be playing a part in helping to establish this association as a national charity in France and, by so doing, enabling increasing funds to be raised for worthy French causes.

Find out extra

Follow the group on Facebook at to see the most recent additions to this yr's calendar and for information and updates. To discover out extra about Open Gardens/ Open Gardens and to plan your go to there's extra info at

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