50 Years a Garden


This year, 2022 – We celebrate the 50 years of Garden history, here at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Opening in June 1997 the gardens here turned this once hospital site into an open place for all to enjoy.


– Hospital beds to Flower beds –


During the week from the 18th to the 25th of June 2022, we will hold a week of celebration to commemorate this fantastic 50-year history. We look forward to sharing the wonders of Ventnor Botanic Garden with you all. But what can you expect from the week-long celebration?

  • Exclusive tours and talks from our Curator, new Head Gardener, and our new Head Chef!
  • The launch of our new, VBG ‘Fast Forest’
  • Open days for local schools.
  • Family days with fantastic entertainment for the kids.

…Plus, so much more!

Because our local community is important to us, we’re also looking forward to hosting, not one but two of our popular Donation Days during the celebration week as well! These donation days allow us to open the grounds with no admission fees, simply a donation for your visit.


Join us for our three charity events… These ticketed events provide a deep-dive into our expert team here at Ventnor Botanic Garden. From a lunch with our Head Chef, to a tour, talk and lunch with our Curator, Chris Kidd. We also invite special guests for a Ukraine fundraising event to end our week. All profits from these three events will be donated to the Ukraine Appeal. Book for each event, below.

A dark contrasting image of a lilly against a black background with text informing viewers of the 50th anniversary event. Also displayed is 3 small images of the old hospital and the gardens in the early days.
As a part of our celebration week, we are opening up the Garden to local schools from across the Isle of Wight for a free open-day. So, if you are a teacher who would love to visit Ventnor Botanic Garden with your students – Tuesday the 21st of June is the perfect oppotunity to do exactly that!

Contact our team to book your free visit today – Email marketing@botanic.co.uk

A coach becomes the foundations for a cliff face within the garden.
A black and white image showing the Palm Garden in its early days.
An old image of the Hospital that once stood on the grounds here at Ventnor Botanic Garden



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Tel: 01983 855397  |  Ventnor Botanic Garden Community Company C.I.C, Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL