Organise an open garden event

Love your garden and want to show it off? Why not organise an open garden event to show off those lovely blooms and help raise vital funds to beat cystic fibrosis (CF) for good!

Read our top tips on setting up an open garden event!

1. Set a date

Plan your event well in advance to give you time to present your garden at its best. Ensure your event doesn't clash with any national or local events like football matches or other sporting events.

2. Car parking

Check with your neighbours or local authorities if you think there will be more cars than parking spaces.

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3. Volunteers

Find some volunteers to help with parking, collecting entrance fees and decorating, and don't forget to remind them what a great cause they're supporting!

4. Sponsorship

Ask a local garden centre to sponsor your event by donating plants, gardening equipment and expert advice.

5. Refreshments

Set up a committee of friends, family or local community groups to organise the refreshments.

6. Promote your event

Advertise in your local community newsletter and press, or on your local radio stations. Remember, social media can make all the difference - set up an event, share it with all your friends and encourage them to do the same!

7. Boost income

You can raise even more money by selling plants, cakes, tea and coffee and bric-a-brac. Why not set up a kids play area with colouring competitions and a bouncy castle?

8. Advice and support

Contact your Community Fundraiser for promotional materials, advice and support.

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For event and fundraising enquiries, please call 020 3795 2176 or email [email protected].

I was delighted to open my garden to the public to let them see my wonderful 'new' gardens and knowing that the refreshments sold were helping to support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust made it all the more special.

Will Hamilton, Northern Ireland

Photographing your event

Brighten up your Just Giving and Facebook pages with images that show your hard work! We've put together some great tips for photographing your events.

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