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NGS Reopen Their Open Gardens!


Ann Evans brings great news for garden lovers! 


Pic Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh

The great news for everyone who loves gardens and gardening, is that the National Garden Scheme’s open gardens are opening to the public again after closing due to coronavirus.

Over the lockdown period many NGS supporters have created virtual tours of their beautiful gardens which are on the NGS website and available for everyone to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. And with the opportunity of donating whilst visiting the virtual gardens people can still continue to support nursing and health beneficiaries.

Amongst the video gardens is Alan Titchmarsh’ garden in Hampshire. Alan’s garden is a romantic English garden where topiary and roses mix with ornamental highlights and plant rarities, with wildflower meadows and country vistas beyond. Visit the NGS website and enjoy Alan talking about his lovely garden.


Pic Hambledon House Photo Credit Leigh Clapp
Hambledon House Photo Credit Leigh Clapp

Hambledon House which is also in Hampshire is the home of comedian Miranda Hart’s mother, Diana. While Miranda is one of the country’s best loved comedians, her mother is one of the National Garden Scheme’s best loved garden owners, who has opened her garden in the Hampshire village of Hambledon for decades. Diana has also spent many years as a member of the Hampshire National Garden Scheme team. Enjoy a virtual wander around Diana’s garden and hear what both mother and daughter have to say about plants.


Pic Miranda Hart Photo credit Leigh Clapp
Miranda Hart Photo credit Leigh Clapp

As coronavirus lockdown restrictions gradually ease, the NGS were delighted to announce that the gardens throughout England were once again open to the public. Understandably, in order to comply with social distancing and other Government guidelines, all gardens will open in a system of pre-purchased tickets for a timed slot at the visitor’s garden of choice. Tickets must be purchased via the National Garden Scheme website.

Numbers of visitors per timed slot will vary from garden to garden, depending on size. These and all other relevant details can be found at a garden’s entry on the website. Gardens will not offer teas or other refreshments, at some gardens where there is sufficient space, people will be allowed to bring their own picnics. All buildings will be closed and access to toilets will only be provided in an emergency and so long as it does not involve access to a house.


Pic The Laundry Denbeigh Pic credit Joe Wainwright
The Laundry Denbeigh Pic credit Joe Wainwright

The NGS have said that while the virtual visits will be phased out to make way for a return for ‘real’ garden openings, there is a wonderful treasure trove of 150 films to catch up with in the Virtual Garden Visit Collection on their website. They also say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign and made a donation to help support their nursing beneficiaries who continue their critical work on the frontline of this terrible pandemic. And whether you are able to visit in person or continue to enjoy our virtual garden visits, the NGS thank you for your continued support.

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Pic NGS supports our nurses Pictured is Nurse Tracy McWilliams
NGS supports our nurses Pictured is Nurse Tracy McWilliams

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme comments, “We are delighted that we are able to open the gates of some of our gardens in England and welcome people. Right now our gardens are blossoming into their midsummer glories and so it is wonderful that our garden owners can share them with visitors.”

Tickets for gardens opening between 18th and 24th June will go on sale Monday 15th June. Further details on: https://ngs.org.uk/