Rectories have a very special place in the National Garden Scheme portfolio. There are over 281 ‘Old Rectory’ listings on our data base – 38 of which would have opened this year had it not been for Coronavirus. The scale and situation of the building and the generous plots on which they sit lend themselves to the creation of wonderful gardens and The Old Rectory at Brandon Parva in Norfolk is no exception.

This gloriously mature, four acre garden is a quintessentially English delight. Explore it now with our virtual visit:

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/


This is the garden in Blewbury, Oxfordshire where author Kenneth Grahame read Wind in the Willows to local children and where he took inspiration for his description of the oak doors to Badger’s House.

Join us now for a brief taster of the garden at Ashbrook House and find out more about it below:

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/


Monks Lantern in Surrey is a garden filled with delights.

Taking inspiration from gardening greats, such as Vita Sackville-West, and her own experience as a window dresser, Garden Owner, Janice has transformed a traditional 1930s plot to a delicately styled garden…

Starting from a completely blank canvas in 1997, the Garden Owners have dug, planted and moulded the garden into its current shape. It is a space filled with stories – with many seeds and cuttings collected from the family’s Mediterranean holidays, including acacias and a selection of plants from the Canary Islands.

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/


Norton Conyers near Ripon in North Yorkshire is a house with a history.  Of Anglo-Saxon origins, the house with its distinctive Dutch-style gables is mostly late medieval with Stuart and Georgian additions and has been owned by the Graham family since 1624.

It’s historic in a National Garden Scheme sense too as it first opened its gates in 1935 and since then has opened in 56 years.

The romantic mid 18th Century walled garden is beautifully tended, with cut flowers grown from early summer through to late November and old apple, quince and beautiful buddleia make it a haven for wildlife too.

Join artist David Stead, who is lucky enough to have his studio in the grounds and master plantsman Giles Gilby, for a tour of the garden filmed last summer:

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/


Despite their Asian origins, there is something so English about roses that they have become the cornerstone of many of our gardens, large and small.

There are perhaps none so evocative, or heart stoppingly beautiful, as old roses. Join Victoria Nye, owner of Cadenham Manor, where over 70 varieties of old roses cascade and climb:

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/