The National Gardens Scheme has been opening gardens for charity since 1927, so by visiting an NGS garden this year you will be making a vital contribution to the nursing and caring charities the NGS supports.
Since its foundation the NGS has donated some £50 million to nominated beneficiaries.
In 2009 some friends of ours suggested that we should consider opening our own garden under the NGS. We had visited other gardens which had opened under the scheme and thought that it would be a good idea. We contacted the Regional Organiser who came out to inspect the garden and see if it was suitable. It was a really miserable day and the garden was certainly not looking at its best. However, we were fortunate enough to be accepted after that first visit.
Our NGS garden open days are very special events for us. Whilst the main objective is to show visitors the garden, we also try to make it a great afternoon and/or evening out for all. A sort of garden party for horticultural enthusiasts with their family and friends. To add to the atmosphere there is normally music played by a string quartet and refreshments including tea, cakes and our own Pimm's punch. People come to visit our garden and tend to linger for several hours!
We have about 20 volunteers who are friends and family that support each open day and we could not manage without their help.
We have opened our garden on 12 occasions in 8 years and have made over £22,600 for the NGS charities. In this time almost 4,000 visitors have passed through our gate. It has been very interesting to meet some of the other gardeners involved and also raise money whilst doing something we really enjoy.
Our garden will not be open in 2018 as we intend to make some changes to the structure and planting schemes. We do, however, hope to open again in 2020.
What Our Visitors Said
Quite Amazing and Truly Lovely
A feast for the eyes - Eileen
Absolutely Stunning ! - Phil & Pam
A truly inspirational garden - Paul & Helena
A voyage of discovery! A real delight! - Dee
Best garden I've seen - Dave
Your garden gets more amazing every year - Ian
A Wonderful Garden & thank you for sharing it with us
Can't think of words to describe, How absolutely fab -Paul & Johnnie
A truly spectacular garden, Unique in design, like no other garden! - Colin
A beautiful garden - Intend to steal all of your ideas (Parsnip cake also a triumph) - Fleur
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening in such a fairy tale fun garden. Thanks a million - Pauline.
Brilliant Use of Light & Shade
Amazing well thought out planting schemes. An absolutely fabulous garden with interest around every corner. - Teresa
What a peaceful & atmospheric garden
Such a wonderful and peaceful garden. Really enjoyed a couple of hours of magic - Delia