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Other garden events which may be of interest

Isle of Wight gardens

occasionally open to the public

NGS gardens

As part of the National Gardens Scheme 19 Isle of Wight gardens will be open for charity during 2017.

Details can be found by clicking here which will open the Isle of Wight page of the NGS website in a new window.

In 2017 four gardens will be opening for the NGS for the first time together with many old favourites including Northcourt in Shorwell, pictured here.

Wolverton Manor, Shorwell

In early September 2017 the grounds will be open for the Wolverton Manor Garden Fair. Details can be found by clicking here.

Wolverton is also open for various charity events during the year. Please click here for further information.


Isle of Wight parks and gardens

regularly open to the public

Appuldurcombe, Godshill

This English Heritage site, with parkland by Capability Brown, is open daily from April to the end of September except on Saturdays when it is closed. Please click here for further information on visiting Appuldurcombe on the English Heritage website.

Carisbrooke Castle Princess Beatrice Garden

This Edwardian-style garden designed by Chris Beardshaw is one of the many attractions at Carisbrooke Castle. Please click here to find further details on the English Heritage website.

Carisbrooke Priory

The Gothic style Priory, originally knows as St Dominic’s, was built in 1865-66 with an adjoining walled ornamental and kitchen garden. It is now a Christian Healing Centre run by a Trust.  

The House and Gardens are open on weekdays (except Bank Holidays) from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The excellent (editor’s opinion) tea room is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Further information on Carisbrooke Priory can be found here .

Mottistone Manor, near Brighstone

A 20th century garden with Mediterranean style planting around an Elizabethan manor house. This is a National Trust property and further information can be found on their website by clicking here

Northwood Park, Cowes

There is free public access to this park which once formed part of the 19th century grounds of Northwood House.

Both house and park are now owned and managed by a charitable trust.

Nunwell House, Brading

Five acres of gardens, including a 5-sided walled kitchen garden, surround the historic house with stunning views over the surrounding parkland and countryside. The gardens are open on Sunday to Friday afternoons from late May to mid July and and again in mid September.  For dates and further details please click here to go to the Nunwell House website.

Osborne House, East Cowes

The holiday home, gardens and parkland of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Royal children. Please click here for further information on the English Heritage website.

Public Parks around the Island

Information on the Public Parks owned by the Isle of Wight Council can be found here. These include Church Litten in Newport (pictured right), and Ventnor Park which was once part of the grounds of Steephill Castle, now demolished. Appley Park in Ryde was once part of the grounds of St John’s House (now a school) where late 18th century landscaping is thought to have been designed by Humphry Repton.

Quarr Abbey, Ryde

The grounds of Quarr Abbey include a Tea Garden and Farm Shop within the walled kitchen garden built in 1907-8.

For further information and details of opening times please click here to open the Abbey website in a new window.

Ventnor Botanic Garden

Subtropical and exotic planting made possible by the microclimate of the Undercliff. The garden, officially opened in 1972, is on the site of the former Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. For full details and information on special events at VBG please click here.

The Gardens Trust’s

and other County Garden Trust’s

Mainland Events

Details of other events organised by the Gardens Trust (the merged Association of Garden Trusts and the Garden History Society) and other County Trusts, on the mainland can be found on the Gardens Trust website by clicking HERE  .

Please note that the information given here is believed to be correct, but you are advised to check with individual venues when planning a visit.

If you have information on other IW open gardens or garden events which you would like included please email Helen Thomas at

Events on the Isle of Wight

Events on the Mainland

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Please click on the poster for full details and a booking form

The Gardens Trust Annual Conference in Plymouth

31 Aug - 2 Sept