National Garden Scheme Gardens Open in North East England 2020
This year, subject to restrictions, our wonderful gardens in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear will open their gates to visitors in aid of the National Garden Scheme’s beneficiaries. 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.
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.
Here in Northumberland you can visit some truly inspiring and varied gardens:
- country 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.
(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.)