Gardens and Health Week

Gardens and Health Week


Our annual Gardens and Health Week, which began in 2017, raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.

Gardens and Health Week in 2018 focused on the positive impact garden visiting can have on your mental wellbeing and our campaign, Open the garden gate to wellbeing, encouraged people to visit a private garden as an act of self-care.

From wandering around a peaceful garden and catching up with a friend over a slice of cake, to reconnecting with nature and finding inspiration – garden visiting offers the perfect opportunity to escape busy life.

We will be providing details of our 2019 Gardens and Health week soon, to be the first to hear about this email and ask to be added to our gardens and health mailing list.

Gardens and Health Week

85% say garden visiting is good for the soul

New research conducted by the National Garden Scheme can reveal that visiting a private garden is good for the soul. Over 85% of our supporters report that being in a National Garden Scheme garden has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing and 8 out of 10 (80%) feel happier after visiting than before.



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“I felt privileged to be part of her recovery…”

The benefits of opening your garden for the National Garden Scheme don’t stop at raising money for charity. Lucia, who opens 153 Portland Road in Kent, shares what a delight it is to learn how your garden can touch the lives of visitors – and in ways you’d never expect.



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Wellbeing in the garden: tips from a therapist

Emily Hodge, health psychology specialist, coach and therapist, tells us why garden visiting is good for mental wellbeing and offers some tips on making the most of your visit.



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Garden visiting in remembrance

“If you’ve experienced anxiety, you’ll know all too well the feeling of ‘what if’ in a negative way. The world of gardens is quite the opposite. This year’s failure could be next year’s success. Gardeners are always looking forward to the next season. And all of us have access to that positivity via the famous Yellow Book and it’s on line version – the National Garden Scheme website.”

Bobby Ball, author of Mindfully Bertie, tells his heart-warming story of cathartic garden visits.



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“I vividly remember the sheer joy my mum got from garden visiting…”

Rosie Dale’s mother, Pam, suffered from osteoporosis from an early age – and it was garden visiting that proved to be welcome respite from the condition. Inspired by her mother’s love of going to private gardens, Rosie is now set to open her own garden for the first time.




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The wonders of medicinal plants

Many of our gardens grow plants which can be used for medicinal purposes and to aid mental wellbeing. We spoke to Richard, Head Gardener at the National Garden Scheme garden, Madingley Hall in Cambridgeshire, to find out more about the medicinal plants in his garden, their fascinating histories and how to grow them at home.



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My sensory garden visit

Jude, our Powys’ volunteer social media officer, shares her favourite ways to experience a National Garden Scheme garden and truly unwind.


the art of garden visiting

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Gardens for wellbeing

Whilst any garden visit has the potential to make a positive impact on your mental wellbeing, there are so many to choose from it may be hard to know where to start. We have put together a selection of National Garden Scheme gardens across England and Wales that have been lovingly cultivated by their owners to bring you an oasis of calm and tranquillity.