Whether you're a seasoned or budding gardener, RNLI Open Gardens is a wonderful and inspiring way to get involved with your local community and raise funds for our brave lifesavers.  

An RNLI Open Garden can be large or small, country or urban, round or rectangle. It could be a grand hall garden, a beautiful courtyard or a plant sale on your driveway. And you can decide whether to open your garden gates for all of your local community to enjoy, or whether to simply invite a few of your friends around for some blooming good fun!

Open your garden for any period of time between April and October and you’ll be a lifesaver too. You’ll be part of our green-fingered crew made up of RNLI supporters, volunteers and staff, all ready and willing to open their gardens to family, friends and neighbours to save lives at sea. 

The money you raise from your RNLI Open Garden event will give our brave lifeboat crews and lifeguards everything they need to go to the rescue and bring those they help - and each other - home safely. 

Want to know more? 

  1. 1

    Sign up

    Sign up to open your garden and you’ll receive access to your Open Gardens fundraising pack. It’s full of helpful tips and resources, including special invitations and posters. 
  2. 2

    Prepare your garden

    We’ll keep in touch with you, sending tips to help you get your garden blossoming.
  3. 3

    Tell people about the event

    If you’re keeping it small, you can send your friends our Open Garden invitations. Or if you’d like to host a public event, you can use our Open Gardens posters to spread the word. 
  4. 4

    Raise lifesaving funds

    Ask your guests to donate to the RNLI and pay in your donations. The money your Open Garden raises will help our volunteers save more lives at sea after a tough winter season.
RNLI wellies in a garden

Annette Rayner

Tools to help your event blossom!

Once you’ve signed up to give your support, you’ll receive access to our Open Gardens fundraising pack. The pack includes top tips on opening your garden plus access to our Garden Shed, which is full of downloadable posters, invitations and activity ideas to help make your RNLI Open Garden a blooming success.  

Join our RNLI Open Gardens Facebook group to stay updated and meet your green-fingered crew. Here we’re planting seeds and cultivating inspiration with garden images, tips and stories. 

Plus, our team is on hand to help you plan your event. You can contact us at  opengardens@rnli.org.uk, or by calling 0300 300 9990 (from the UK) or 01 895 1577 (from Ireland).