Founded in 1927, the National Garden Scheme (NGS) is Perennial’s single largest annual donor and it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. In March the NGS announced it will donate £130,000 in 2017 to support our work in caring for gardeners and horticulturists across the UK.

The NGS has generated more than £50 million for UK charities since it was established in 1927, all thanks to the generosity of volunteers across England and Wales who open the gates to their gardens for the public to enjoy. While the majority of open days take place during the summer, there are gardens open all year round for the NGS and its sister organisation Scotland’s Gardens.

By visiting a garden open through the NGS or Scotland’s Gardens, you are supporting our work too.

Photos on this page courtesy of the National Garden Scheme.

You can support the NGS in many other different ways:

Make a donation
Buy books and book tokens
Attend the NGS Annual Lecture
Go on a Garden Tour

The following companies sell products which support the work of the NGS:

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


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You can download the GardenTags app, which promotes both Perennial and the NGS, for iOS or Android devices.


Perennial is also delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities of Scotland’s Gardens, which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

Find out more about their work on their website, or view open gardens.

There are thousands of garden open days organised every year for the NGS, but finding one near you shouldn’t take you long.

There’s an App for that

The NGS Find a garden app will help you find gardens to visit in England and Wales that open each year to help raise money for caring and nursing charities.

To help you plan your visits, the NGS app lets you search for gardens using your current location or by entering a postcode or town. Opening dates, times, prices, a description and photograph of each garden along with information about how to get there are provided.

It’s available for Android and iOS devices.

Useful Links

You can search for gardens opening for the NGS by visiting their website here.

 

You can support the NGS in many other different ways:

Make a donation
Buy books and book tokens
Attend the NGS Annual Lecture
Go on a Garden Tour

The following companies sell products which support the work of the NGS:

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


gardentags_600

You can download the GardenTags app, which promotes both Perennial and the NGS, for iOS or Android devices.


Perennial is also delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities of Scotland’s Gardens, which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

Find out more about their work on their website, or view open gardens.

The NGS Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2017 is an indispensable guide to garden visiting and the key to finding those secret gardens of England and Wales which open annually for the National Garden Scheme.

 

It’s available to order now by visiting our online shop, priced at just £11.99. You’ll receive your copy of the book as soon as we receive it from the printers.

You can support the NGS in many other different ways:

Make a donation
Buy books and book tokens
Attend the NGS Annual Lecture
Go on a Garden Tour

The following companies sell products which support the work of the NGS:

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


gardentags_600

You can download the GardenTags app, which promotes both Perennial and the NGS, for iOS or Android devices.


Perennial is also delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities of Scotland’s Gardens, which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

Find out more about their work on their website, or view open gardens.

Do you have a garden that deserves a wider audience? If so, you can become one of the hundreds of people who open their doors to the general public, and help to raise money for the NGS and the charities it supports, including Perennial.

Opening your garden might sound daunting, but it can be a very rewarding and valuable experience for you, your visitors and the charities that benefit. If you have a garden worth visiting, please consider opening it for the NGS.

Is my garden worth visiting?

Gardens don’t need to be large or elaborate to be enjoyable and interesting for visitors. If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, your garden may be just what we are looking for:

  • Is your garden interesting?
  • Is your garden attractive?
  • Is your garden well maintained?
  • Has your garden got ‘character’?
  • Can you offer refreshments?
  • Do you enjoy talking about your garden?
  • Are you ready for an enjoyable and inspiring day?

Many NGS gardens are small back gardens that have been made special by hard work, skill and the love of gardening. Visitors like to see interesting planning and design, a good range of plants and gardens which have been tended with love and care.

Visitors often like to talk about the garden with the owners, and they also enjoy a good cup of tea or similar refreshments. Access to a toilet is very comforting for many visitors, but is not essential.

Am I up to it?

Opening your garden to the public may seem daunting at first, but most garden owners find it a very enjoyable experience, and continue to open their gardens year after year.  Find out more about the benefits of opening your garden here.

How often should I open?

You can decide to open once a year, although many owners find twice a year is ideal, especially to show the garden in a different season. Some dedicated garden owners like to open in spring, summer and autumn. It’s completely up to you.

What next?

If you are interested in finding out more, you can download an information leaflet here or call 01483 211535 for further details.  You can also contact your local NGS volunteer team here who will be able to answer your questions.  A member of the NGS volunteer team will visit you and your garden at the time of year you would plan to open for the NGS.

You don’t need a garden worthy of a gold medal at Chelsea to be part of the NGS!

You can support the NGS in many other different ways:

Make a donation
Buy books and book tokens
Attend the NGS Annual Lecture
Go on a Garden Tour

The following companies sell products which support the work of the NGS:

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


gardentags_600

You can download the GardenTags app, which promotes both Perennial and the NGS, for iOS or Android devices.


Perennial is also delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities of Scotland’s Gardens, which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

Find out more about their work on their website, or view open gardens.

Scotland’s Gardens (The National Garden Scheme’s sister organisation) was created in 1931, four years after the foundation of the NGS, and for the same purpose: opening private gardens to raise money for the training and pensions of the Queen’s Nurses, generally known as District Nurses.

Today, many types of gardens open for Scotland’s Gardens, from the grounds of grand country houses (such as Drummond Castle in Perthshire) to back gardens in towns and villages; what remains of fundamental importance is that each garden must have some horticultural interest and be of a certain standard.

Some 200 charities, both large and small, benefit annually from funds raised through Scotland’s Gardens, including Perennial.

For more information, visit the Scotland’s Gardens website www.scotlandsgardens.org.

You can support the NGS in many other different ways:

Make a donation
Buy books and book tokens
Attend the NGS Annual Lecture
Go on a Garden Tour

The following companies sell products which support the work of the NGS:

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


gardentags_600

You can download the GardenTags app, which promotes both Perennial and the NGS, for iOS or Android devices.


Perennial is also delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities of Scotland’s Gardens, which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

Find out more about their work on their website, or view open gardens.

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Autumn Choral Concert at St Katharine Cree


WHEN: Saturday 18 November, 6pm

£18 unreserved ticket
£23 premium ticket (includes a reserved seat, programme and drink)
£5 child ticket


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Free (if you raise £350 in sponsorship)


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Party for Perennial 2018


WHEN: Thursday 18 January 2018, 7:30-midnight

£25 inc glass of bubbly on arrival


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Dorking, Surrey

Go Nuts for HortAid


WHEN: Sunday, 30 September 2018

£20 registration* (£150 sponsorship per individual)


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WHEN: 13th - 21st September 2018

Registration Fee: £349* (Min sponsorship £2,880)


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Registration Fee: £125* (Min sponsorship: £1,900)


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