Love gardens and gardening? Ann Evans takes a look at what the NGS have in store
It may only be February, but lots of places around the British Isles are enjoying glorious Spring weather. It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden, or just explore other people’s gardens and get some inspiration.
The National Garden Scheme lists 3,500 breathtaking private gardens in England and Wales, which open on certain days of the year to help the NGS raise money for charity. Check out their website to see the gardens open in your neck of the woods – you’ll be helping to raise money for charity too.
The NGS are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and their beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute. Since the NGS began back in 1927 it has donated a staggering total of £55 million to nursing and health charities. Last year alone they made a record donation of £3.1 million. And all this through admissions to gardens and the sale of tea and cakes!
Garden lovers will not want to miss today’s news. The NGS’s collection of ticketed events goes on sale at 10am today, Monday 25th February. This year they have old favourites including Malverleys, Hampshire and Folly Farm, Berkshire and many new and inspiring gardens including Wyndcliffe Court, Gwent, Rofford Manor, Oxfordshire and The Shilling House Garden, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
There are events available across all price ranges but all have a strictly limited amount of tickets available, and of course all ticket sales help support our amazing beneficiary charities.
Here’s just a glimpse of what’s on offer:
This Wednesday, 27th February. “A year in the cut flower garden” by Gabi Reid from Gabriel’s Garden.
In this delightful talk Gabriel Reid, an organic flower grower and florist who is situated in the village of Gissing, South Norfolk will talk about the flowers and foliage she grows for use in her floristry studio. Illustrated with slides she will demonstrate a year in her cutting garden showing the seasonal changes, her growing methods and what varieties are good to grow specifically for cutting and encouraging beneficial wildlife.
Hyde Park Estate Gardens, London – Sunday 7th April
Hyde Park Estate will be opening its four newly designed gardens, never before open to the public for the National Garden Scheme. Each garden is planted sympathetically to reflect the surroundings. Uniquely, the Watergardens feature vast expanses of open water. The gardens on the Hyde Park Estate are owned and managed by the Church Commissioners for England and play a key part in the environmental and ecological strategy on the Hyde Park Estate.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens, London – Spring Event Thursday 18th April
A wonderful opportunity to join a special National Garden Scheme private tour, after the fabulous historic gardens have closed to the public. You will have an exclusive guided spring tour around Hampton Court Palace gardens from 6-8pm.
Find out more: www.ngs.org.uk