NGS Open Gardens

National Garden Scheme Gardens Open in North East England 2024

Beacon NGS open gardenNational Garden SchemeShilling House NGS open garden

Start planning your garden visits for 2024. With over 3,600 gardens opening for us there is an amazing selection from extensive country gardens and small, ingenious plots as well as allotments, community gardens and many others. The variety on offer really helps to advance our goal of opening the most diverse range of quality gardens for you to visit and enjoy.

Open gardens are a great way of spending an afternoon, getting ideas for your own garden, meeting up with friends, buying plants and enjoying a delicious home-made tea. Many of the gardens are private, and it’s the one chance in the year to get a glimpse behind walls and hedges, into what are normally hidden spaces.

Note: Pre-booking on some gardens is available – for certain gardens it is essential.

Opening gardens for charity started with the NGS in 1927, and since then the NGS has given more than £55 million to support cancer patients, nurses, carers and the hospice movement through donations to Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, the Carers Trust and other charities. It also funds community garden projects, such as the National Autistic Society Sensory Garden at Howick Hall and gardener training. Last year £3.1 million was donated nationally. The NGS is the most significant annual charitable funder of nursing charities.

Details of the thousands of gardens open for the NGS throughout England and Wales this year are in the famous Yellow Book – and you can see all open gardens in the area on the website, – you can also find us on Facebook.

Here in Northumberland you can visit some truly inspiring and varied gardens:

  • Bede Cresent NGS open gardencountry house gardens
  • town gardens
  • a magnificent glasshouse with vines and fruit
  • a vibrantly planted walled garden
  • National Trust gardens opening for the NGS
  • old favourites and new delights
  • come to Plant Sales where you can pick up something special.
  • many gardens are open for groups by arrangement

An afternoon out visiting one of these lovely gardens can be a joy. The gardeners are all very welcoming, there is much to see and learn, there may be plants and teas to buy and you know that all the money goes to help very worthwhile charities.

To See What’s Open In Your Area for 2024:
The NGS North East Booklet

(If you want to help by opening your own garden please get in touch with one of the county team
– details in the above booklet link.)