NGS Open Gardens


Woodlands NGS open gardenNational Garden SchemeWoodlands NGS open garden day

For 2018, 24 wonderful gardens in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear will open their gates to visitors in aid of the National Garden Scheme. It’s 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.

The first gardens opened for the NGS in 1927, and since then the NGS has given more than £50 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. Last year £3 million was donated nationally and this year it is £3.1 million. The NGS is the most significant 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 also on the website,

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

  • Woodlands 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
  • visit award winning dahlia growers
  • 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 2018:
The NGS North East Booklet