Founded in 1927, the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is Perennial’s single largest donor. In 2015 alone it gave £130,000 to support our work in caring for gardeners and horticulturists across the country.

It has generated more than £23 million for a number of UK charities over the last 10 years, all thanks to the generosity of volunteers across England and Wales that open their doors to their gardens for the public to visit. While the majority of open days take place during the summer, there are gardens open all year round for the NGS.

By supporting the NGS and visiting a garden open through the scheme, you are supporting our work too.

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


MAKE A PURCHASE

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

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


GARDENTAGS

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


SCOTLAND’S GARDENS

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 through 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.

Alternatively, try one of their county pages, listed below:

England
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire and Wirral
Cornwall
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester & Isle of Man
Leicestershire & Rutland
Lincolnshire
London
Norfolk
North East
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Shropshire
Somerset, Bristol & South Gloucestershire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire

Wales
Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire
Ceredigion
Glamorgan
Gwent
Gwynedd & Anglesey
North East Wales
Powys

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


MAKE A PURCHASE

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

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


GARDENTAGS

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


SCOTLAND’S GARDENS

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 through Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

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

Until this year known as The Yellow Book, the NGS Gardens to Visit book 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.

The NGS Gardens to Visit book, also known as The Yellow Book

We are currently taking pre-orders for the 2017 edition, which will be launched in March. Finding a garden to visit near you has never been easier. Look out for water gardens, sensory gardens, gardens offering accommodation and learn how to create your own patch.

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


MAKE A PURCHASE

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

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


GARDENTAGS

gardentags_600

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


SCOTLAND’S GARDENS

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 through 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 by extension, us!).

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


MAKE A PURCHASE

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

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


GARDENTAGS

gardentags_600

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


SCOTLAND’S GARDENS

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 through Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

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

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We are delighted to be teaming up with the NGS and a new social network, GardenTags, which aims to raise our profile among the 50,000+ users of the gardening community app and strengthens our relationship with the NGS.

The new partnership will help spread the message even wider about the gardens open to the general public, organised through the National Garden Scheme, and the role we play in supporting all of those who work in horticulture.

Perennial has its own account on the GardenTags network, so please give us a follow! You can also find the NGS on GardenTags too.

NGS member gardens will be encouraged to also set up a profile as a great way to promote individual garden open days and to allow people who visit them to follow their progress through the year.

The app allows users to follow and communicate with other gardeners involved with both Perennial and the NGS. The partnership will also help raise awareness of our charitable impact amongst a targeted and fast-growing audience of gardeners.

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


MAKE A PURCHASE

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

The Posh Shed Company
Griffin Glasshouses
Twool


GARDENTAGS

gardentags_600

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


SCOTLAND’S GARDENS

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 through Scotland for the general public to enjoy.

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

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WHEN: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 08:00 - 12:00

£600 per team which includes the six-a-side tournament, refreshments and lunch.


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