The Kitchen Garden at York GateLooking across the Kitchen Garden at York Gate

Become a Friend of York Gate and help us to secure the future of this very special garden and people in horticulture.

Annual membership costs just £30 and includes:

  • Free entry to Perennial’s gardens (York Gate, Fullers Mill and The Laskett) for you and a guest on all our public open days
  • An invitation to private Friends events at York Gate for you and one guest outside public opening hours
  • Advance information about Special Events and developments at York Gate
  • Priority booking for Perennial’s Special Event garden tours and holidays
  • Perennial’s twice-yearly newsletter

Join online here or pick up an application form from the garden.

You can also set up a rolling membership by filling in our Direct Debit form and returning to the address at the bottom of the form.

Friends’ Events

As a thank you for being a Friend of York Gate, we would like to welcome you to visit the garden during special members only Friends’ Events. It is a chance to experience the garden as if it was all your own in peace and tranquillity.

On these exclusive Friends’ events you are welcome to bring one adult guest with you free of charge but you will need to book your slot before you come. Please bring your Friend of York Gate membership card with you. We kindly ask that you make your way around the garden during your allocated slot before visiting the café, gift shop or plant sales.

2021 Friends Events

Snowdrop Preview Day – Monday 15 February 

As a Friend of York Gate, you and a guest are invited to our special preview day (please remember to book a ticket for your guest, if you are bringing one!). As is traditional, we are opening for our usual Snowdrop Week from Tuesday 16 February until Sunday 21 February so don’t worry if you can’t make the preview day. Snowdrops and late winter flowering bulbs will be available in plant sales, the gift shop and café will also be open. Book your slot here.


The garden is now closed.

Due to the national lockdown, York Gate’s Cafe and Gift Shop are closed until further notice.

2021 Seasonal Opening Times

To maintain social distancing, we need to limit the numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come. Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden will be operating a cashless system, so please bring your card and use contactless payments where possible.

We kindly ask that you make your way around the garden during your allocated slot before visiting the cafe, gift shop and plant nursery in order for us to maintain social distancing.

Friends of York Gate Garden Preview Day | Wednesday 31 March.

Garden and Gift shop open 1 April–31 October Wednesday –Sunday | 11am –4.30pm.

Cafe open and gifts available all year | Wednesday –Sunday | 10am–5pm.

Click here to download your copy of Perennial News.

Download 2020 leaflet

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