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Growing Support For Nurses With Cavell
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has teamed up with a nurses’ charity to provide £50,000 to support nurses suffering hardship and to celebrate young nursing talent in the UK.
Sefton Park Gardens showcase the role between gardens, health and wellbeing
Open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on 31st July are six gardens nestled into the urban setting around Sefton Park in Liverpool.
Tickets For Hampton Court Palace Garden Tours
Join The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) For A Memorable Afternoon Of Art And Gardens
Former NGS Chairman recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours
Congratulations to our former Chairman, Penny Snell, who has been appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE), in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Royal garden marks 70 years of fundraising for the National Gardens Scheme
On 7th June Frogmore House Garden will reach a landmark of opening on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) for 70 years consecutively, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen.
Gardens And Health: Implications for policy and practice
Groundbreaking Report Commissioned By The National Gardens Scheme From The King's Fund
The NGS Celebrates “England’s Greatest Gardener” Across The Counties
Capability Brown’s Life Story Comes Alive Through NGS Garden Openings
Mary Berry Named as New President of The National Gardens Scheme
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Berry as the new President.
National Gardens Scheme announces record annual donations of £2.7 million
And confirms its position as the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK
Over 100 Gardens Set To Embrace Snowdrop Festival
The National Gardens Scheme is excited to invite members of the public to enjoy its first ever Snowdrop Festival in February 2016. The Festival will see more than one hundred gardens open across England and Wales through the month of February, giving visitors the opportunity to see veritable carpets of beautiful snowdrops and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter.
Beat The Back To School Blues By Visiting A Garden With A Fun Historical Twist!
On Sunday 6th September, the impressive gardens at Ditton Manor near Slough will open to the public to raise funds for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). As well as offering acres upon acres of beautiful grounds for visitors to explore, there’s something a little bit different to be experienced at this garden; Cavell Nurses’ Trust, one of the National Gardens Scheme’s beneficiary charities for 2015, will have a World War One field hospital tent set up, complete with nurses in period uniforms giving bandage demonstrations!
The National Gardens Scheme Raises A Record £15 Million For Macmillan Cancer Support
The NGS has raised a staggering £15 million for Macmillan Cancer Support over their 30 year long partnership. The announcement was made at the Tatton Park Flower Show yesterday. The NGS is Macmillan’s longest standing corporate partner and largest single donor.
An NGS Garden Is the Place to Be During the Summer Holidays
The Summer Holidays are wonderful for spending lots of time with children and grandchildren, but it can sometimes be hard to find activities that will keep little ones entertained and at the same time won’t break the bank! So why not visit a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) garden? There are almost 500 gardens open across England and Wales during the Summer Holidays, many of which don’t charge for young people under 16 years of age.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to visit Moor Wood House Gardens
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President of Carers Trust, will visit Moor Wood House gardens, Woodmancote, Cirencester, part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), on Sunday 28th June 2015.
Forget the Socks – Treat Your Dad to a Garden Visit This Father’s Day
For many people, Father’s Day goes hand in hand with purchasing items of clothing and ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ paraphernalia. Why not break the mould and treat your dad to something a bit different this Father’s Day? A visit to a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) garden could be just the ticket, as it guarantees an afternoon of beauty, relaxation and in many cases delicious refreshments.
Author Tours Gardens Open for Charity with a Story to Tell
On July 3rd gardening author Sarah Wint will be visiting Rhubarb Farm in Nottinghamshire as part of her two-year tour of over 50 National Gardens Scheme (NGS) gardens. Sarah is travelling the country in her bright yellow VW camper van, fondly nicknamed ‘Daisy Bus’, and each of the gardens she is visiting has a particular story to tell of how gardening can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Epic Charity Cycle Dash Round London Festival Gardens
On Sunday 7th June during the National Gardens Scheme’s third ever Festival Weekend, Paul Jackson-Clark (Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK) will be attempting to traverse London as quickly as humanly possible on his much-loved Brompton bicycle, stopping off at fifteen open gardens to raise awareness of the partnership between Parkinson’s UK and the National Gardens Scheme.
All Gardens Great and Small
The National Gardens Scheme invites you to celebrate the great variety of its gardens during the third National Gardens Festival Weekend on the 6th & 7th June, which will see 400 gardens across England and Wales throw open their gates to the public.
Festival Gardens Are Fun for Little Ones
On the 6th and 7th June, 400 gardens will throw open their gates to the public in support of the National Gardens Scheme’s (NGS) third ever Festival Weekend. There are lots of wonderful Festival gardens which positively welcome families with children, and which don’t charge for young people under 16 years of age.
Rare Chance to Visit Royal Garden Which Delighted Queen Victoria
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is excited to offer members of the public the rare opportunity to visit the private royal garden at Frogmore House on the Crown Estate at Windsor, Berkshire. The garden will be open by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen in aid of the NGS on Tuesday 2nd June 2015.
The Yellow Book Helps Raise £2.637 Million For Charity
The Trustees of the National Gardens Scheme will today announce the distribution of £2.637 million to its beneficiary charities as a result of garden openings in 2014.
While Away The Easter Weekend In An Idyllic Setting
Gardens have always been places of great beauty, and even thought of as Paradise itself. Gardens which open for the National Gardens Scheme can offer visitors a little slice of Paradise, and are especially lovely over Easter in early spring.
No Need To Wait Until Spring!
Spring and summer may be the peak time for gardens, but many gardens come to life much earlier. From February onwards, early blooming plants like snowdrops, hellebores and aconites decorate gardens up and down the country, adding colour and beauty to the remaining dark days of winter.
New Chairman For The National Gardens Scheme
The National Gardens Scheme has appointed a new chairman, Martin McMillan. He has served on the NGS Council of Trustees since 2006 and he and his wife have opened their Cheshire garden for many years in support of the NGS.
Eminent Doctor Joins NGS Council Of Trustees
The distinguished physician Sir Richard Thompson has joined the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) as a Trustee after recently standing down from the senior position of President of the Royal College of Physicians. Previously Sir Richard was for many years physician to HM The Queen.
NGS Donates £500,000 To Fund New NGS Macmillan Cancer Wellbeing Centre
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS), which raises money annually by opening gardens to visitors all over England and Wales, is giving £500,000 to fund the new NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.
Running Out Of Summer Holiday Activities? Visit An NGS Garden
The summer holidays are wonderful for spending lots of quality time with children or grandchildren – but it can be easy to run out of things to do. If you need a suggestion for an activity that is fun, inexpensive, healthy and even educational, then here’s a thought that might be of interest. Why not visit a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) garden?
NGS & RHS Funds New Project To Get The Community Gardening
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently announced the first four gardens to receive bursary payments from the fund created in memory of the garden writer Elspeth Thompson. Penny Snell, Chairman of the National Gardens Scheme, said: “The Elspeth Thompson Bursaries aim to support community projects and include diverse sections of society through horticulture and a community effort. Community gardening was very close to Elspeth's heart and we are delighted to be able to provide these bursaries in her name in partnership with the RHS."
Support Your Child’s Education This Summer With A Visit To An NGS Garden
Children can really relax and have fun during the Summer Holidays – but they can also make exciting discoveries that will help them when they go back to school. A visit to a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) garden is an excellent way for all the family to have fun together, and is also a very enjoyable way to help children develop their knowledge of the natural world and cover areas of the National Curriculum.
Visit A Beautiful Garden Over The Father's Day Weekend
A visit to an NGS garden is the perfect treat for Father’s Day, and what could be a better distraction from the excitement and stress of the World Cup than a beautiful garden serving delicious homemade tea and cake?
Festival Weekend: 'Xbox Generation' Is Not Spending Enough Time In Gardens
New research by charity The National Gardens Scheme suggests that today’s kids are missing out on the health and happiness benefits associated with time spent in a garden.
Rare Chance to Visit Private Royal Garden for Charity
A rare opportunity has arisen to visit the private royal garden at Frogmore House, located within Windsor Home Park in Berkshire. The garden will be open by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen in aid of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) on Tuesday, 3rd June 2014.
Festival Weekend: Celebrities And Public Share What Gardens Mean To Them
In the run-up to the country's biggest celebration of gardens – this year's Festival Weekend on 7-8 June – event organisers the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) are calling on us to share what gardens mean to us. A host of celebrities are backing the drive to get the nation outside and enjoying the feel-good benefits of gardens, by sharing what gardens mean to them.
Visit A Beautiful Garden Over Easter
Easter is often a time for family outings, and a beautiful garden can be the perfect location for these. There are many different gardens to choose from, some small, some grand, but all displaying the skill and devotion of their owners.
RHS and NGS Join Forces to Support Trainees
The country’s leading gardening charities, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), have joined forces to create a programme to fund the training of 12 horticultural trainees over the next three years.
2014 Yellow Book & NGS Donations Announcement
The Trustees of the National Gardens Scheme will today announce the distribution of £2.5 million to its beneficiary charities as a result of garden openings in 2013.
Elspeth Thompson Bursary Awards 2014
Penny Snell, Chairman of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) today announced the names of the successful applicants who will receive bursaries to help either start or complete their community gardening projects.
A Treat For Mothering Sunday Weekend
What could be a lovelier treat for Mothering Sunday than a stroll among elegant camellias, cheering cherry blossom or magnificent magnolias, followed by delicious homemade tea and cake? This weekend more than 30 beautiful gardens will open across the country for the NGS on Sunday 30th March.
It’s Snowdrop Time!
After what has been one of the wettest winters on record for many parts of England and Wales the emergence of that perennial favourite for many gardeners and garden visitors, the Snowdrop, does we hope herald the arrival of spring.
National Gardens Festival Weekend
Private gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public during 15-16 June for the first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend. Set to be the largest garden visiting event in history, with 800 openings planned over the two days, the Festival aims to raise £500,000 for nursing and caring charities.
NGS Announce Beneficiary Donations For 2013
On Thursday 21st March 2013, George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, was delighted to announce the amounts that each of our beneficiary charities would be receiving as a result of funds raised through garden openings last year.
The Yellow Book 2013
The so-called ‘bible’ of garden visiting, The Yellow Book 2013 is the indispensable guide to over 3,800 gardens in England and Wales open to the public on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) to raise money for charity.
A Blooming Good Partnership For People With Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s UK and The National Garden Scheme (NGS) have joined forces to encourage people with Parkinson’s to get out into the great outdoors and visit a local garden. Parkinson’s UK will receive a donation in the region of £100,000 from NGS to support their nursing fund.
Good Signs That Spring Is Approaching
Across the country there are hints and signs, we hope, that winter is drawing to a close and spring is approaching. February and March heralds the emergence and blooming of that seasonal favourite the Snowdrop. Whilst the recent snow may not have been welcome for many the sight of swathes of Snowdrops are.
August Bank Holiday Gardens
With the August bank holiday fast approaching, hundreds of volunteers are preparing their gardens for the arrival of thousands of members of the public from England and Wales who seek inspiration and take a peep at some of the country’s best gardens
Over 200 Gardens Open During The Jubilee Weekend
A national charity is preparing for a busy Jubilee weekend with the opening of over 200 gardens across England and Wales
The English Garden Wins Prestigious Travel Award
The timeless appeal to overseas visitors of the quintessential English garden has been recognised in a national travel award
Royal Frogmore Opens For The National Gardens Scheme
In her Diamond Jubilee year, Her Majesty The Queen has given the public a rare opportunity to visit the private royal garden at Frogmore House, on the Crown Estate at Windsor, as part of the 85th anniversary celebrations of The National Garden Scheme
Brightwater Holidays Partner With The National Gardens Scheme
Brightwater Holidays are delighted to have partnered with NGS to offer exclusive holidays based on stunning NGS gardens. For each place booked on these tours Brightwater Holidays will make a donation from the total booking cost to the NGS
Introducing The NGS Collection By Griffin Glasshouses In Association With The National Gardens Scheme
Griffin Glasshouses is delighted to have been selected by The National Gardens Scheme to offer this special collection of free standing glasshouses for the keen gardener. The NGS collection represents excellent value for money, features beautiful design and the NGS receives 5% of the proceeds from the sale of every glasshouse in this exclusive collection
NGS Launches 2012 London Garden Collection At Clifton Nurseries
Clifton Nurseries is the favoured location for the NGS to launch its collection of London’s most beautiful gardens 2012
The National Gardens Scheme Helps Marie Curie Grow and Bloom
As The National Gardens Scheme celebrates 85 years of gardening and charitable giving, Marie Curie Cancer Care celebrates its 16 year partnership with the scheme and the £6 million of donations this has generated for the charity.
National Gardens Scheme Helps To Grow A World-Class Workforce In Local Hospices
The National Gardens Scheme has helped to grow a world-class workforce in hospices across the country through a partnership with Help the Hospices, the UK charity for hospice care.
National Gardens Scheme And Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care has launched a new initiative to develop volunteer support within its network, thanks to the generous support of The National Gardens Scheme. For more than ten years, The National Gardens Scheme has enabled Crossroads Care to develop its services and help even more carers across England and Wales.
Community Nursing Charity Celebrates 85 Years Of Support From The National Gardens Scheme
In 1927 Ms Elsie Wagg came up with the idea of opening private gardens for charity, which is now The National Gardens Scheme. 85 years later, The Queen’s Nursing Institute still works to bring excellent nursing care to people in need, in their own homes
Garden Open Today! - The Garden Museum
British gardens and their makers fascinate and inspire us. A new exhibition at the Garden Museum will explore our love affair with gardens large and small. Garden Open Today: 300 Years of Garden Visiting will consider why we love to look at other people’s gardens - revealing the many pleasures, fashions and aspirations that lead us onto a stranger’s lawn
Alzheimer’s Society Chosen As 2012 National Gardens Scheme Guest Charity
The National Gardens Scheme encourages people to open their private gardens to the public to raise money for a wide range of charities, as well as one additional ‘guest’ charity each year. For 2012, green-fingered NGS volunteers voted to support Alzheimer’s Society
The Yellow Book 2012
2012 is a notable year for The National Gardens Scheme on three counts. The charity celebrates its 85th anniversary; it is the 80th edition of its famous Yellow Book, and it will be distributing £2.6 million to its elected charities
Celebrating 85 years of Gardening and Giving
To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the NGS, a total of 120 private gardens in England and Wales will throw open their gates once again, to mark 85 years since they first opened to the public in aid of the National Gardens Scheme
Inaugural Awards Of The National Gardens Scheme’s Elspeth Thompson Bursary
The first successful candidates for The National Gardens Scheme's Elspeth Thompson Bursary have been announced jointly by the National Gardens Scheme and the Royal Horticultural Society
Yellow Book On The Move
New for Spring 2012! This year for the first time ever, details of the gardens published in The Yellow Book will also be available as an iPhone and iPad app, helping people plan their garden visits and also link with friends and coordinate garden trips together!
New But Familiar Names In Garden Visitors’ Bible
These gardens in this year's Yellow Book are joined by a new name; Investec Wealth & Investment, the investment management company which is sponsoring the guide book. However, although this may appear to be a change, this relationship is the continuation of an 18 year partnership – the Yellow Book was previously sponsored by Rensburg Sheppards which became part of the Investec group in 2010
The National Gardens Scheme Raises Over £13 Million And Adds Vital Support To Macmillan’s Move More Campaign
NGS garden owners and visitors can feel proud that they have now raised £13.2million for Macmillan since 1985, funding numerous healthcare services, including 143 posts, making the NGS Macmillan’s largest single donor yet.
Emma Bridgewater Celebrates All Things British With NGS
In this Diamond Jubilee year, proud British pottery maker Emma Bridgewater is delighted to be supporting all things British, especially a cause close to its heart - The National Gardens Scheme
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