If you’ve not heard of the NGS before, it’s a scheme whereby over 3,700 gardens, most of them privately owned, open just a few days a year for charity.
In the last ten years, they’ve raised over £26 million to support nursing and caring charities. HRH The Prince of Wales is their patron and their president is Joe Swift.
Every year, the NGS publish ‘The Yellow Book‘ which provides details, county-by-county, of all the gardens and their opening times.
Always on the lookout for garden inspiration, when my mum came to stay the other weekend, we had a look through the book and decided to visit a garden in East Molesey, which is part of the scheme. And weren’t we in for a treat!
It was a beautiful afternoon and the garden was open from 2-5pm. On arrival, we each paid the £3.50 entry fee and then made our way past a lovely water feature into the back garden, which you can see below. To follow are other photos of this stunning garden which I took whilst there.
So, what did I pick up from the visit? Well, I loved the vibrant red scabious flowers in the first photo. They really shone out in the garden and reminded me of how the Dianthus cruentus in Cleve West’s garden caught my eye at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.
Plus I’ve been meaning to buy some Erigeron karvinskianus/Mexican fleabane (in the photo above) for our garden…and this reminded me to get some, the next time I visit the local garden centre. I just love the pink daisies!
Oh, and if you also have a sweet tooth, the garden had some delicious-looking home-made cakes and tea on sale.
So, if you’d like some floral inspiration, I highly recommend visiting gardens which are part of the NGS scheme. And you’ll also be helping charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Perennial and The Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children.
The NGS are always looking for new gardens to feature. So, if you have an interesting garden and would like to open it up to raise money for charity, visit their website to find out more.
Many thanks to the owners for allowing me to feature these photos of their very special garden. And I’ve already been looking in my Yellow Book for local gardens which will be open this weekend.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)