Do come and join in this annual event where typically over 700 people enjoy going round the village meeting friends and neighbours along the way. This year we have around 11 varied and attractive private gardens to share with you, all but two opening for the first time. We are also extending out into Fetcham so two of the gardens are at the far end of Lower Road - but we promise you they'll be worth the journey. Polesden Lacey Infants School, Manor House School, Little Bookham Allotments and The Grange's Walled Garden will be opening for us too.
Our open gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from the formal to more laid-back planting, and some with wildlife-friendly planting and habitats. You'll see fruit and vegetable plots in some of the gardens too.
Plenty of inspiration for all!
Find out more about individual gardens in the programme which will be available at our ticket outlets or can be downloaded from 1st June here.
Open Gardens Day raises money for the upkeep of our historic Old Barn Hall and since we started we have raised over £80,000 for vital maintenance. We will be serving our normal delicious home-baked cakes, rolls and drinks throughout the day at the Hall. Plants should be available to buy at a number of gardens.
Since there is no minibus service, why not cycle around, share a car, or just see how far you get walking? As you walk between gardens, do look out for beautifully decorated Blue Hearts, indic a verge of lovely flowers to attract pollinators that are so important for biodiversity.
Tickets on sale: £7 in advance from
- Online using the form
- The Vineries Garden Centre, Lower Rd, Effingham (event sponsors )
- Brackenburys, 17a High Street
- Bookham Quick Shop, New Parade, Leatherhead Rd ( next to Esso garage)
- Old Barn Hall office, Church Rd, KT23 3PQ Tel: 01372 456307 (open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30-noon )
-Village Day, Sat 17th June, on the field
On the day you can buy tickets (£8) at the Old Barn Hall or from the gardens themselves.
Children under 16 are free, as are carers of wheelchair users ( who pay a reduced rate of £5 )
Regret no dogs other than assistance dogs.
Contactless payment will again be available at the Old Barn Hall and on Village Day. If you're paying in cash, we'd appreciate if you can find the exact change, particularly at the individual gardens.
You can download the programme below. The charge includes admission to all gardens and a programme with map and garden details. If you are on Facebook please Like our Bookham Open Gardens page and share with your friends. You will find pictures from previous years to inspire you.
We would also love to hear from anyone who can spare an hour or two to help on the day with providing a cake, or serving refreshments, selling tickets or stewarding at the gardens. Without our kind garden openers and our band of willing volunteers, the day would never happen!
For more information look for "Bookham Open Gardens" on Facebook, or contact Brenda Kent on
01372 453952/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Poole on