The National Garden Scheme has over 3700 gardens open for charity
Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year.
Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved and all the proceeds, including plant sales is handed back to the NGS to be donated to charity. A small proportion may also go to a nominated local charity.
The NGS tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest is supported by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.
The NGS currently give away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities and have given them a total more than £25 million in the last 15 years.
Most of the work is carried out by volunteers, so overheads are small, allowing 80p in every £1 raised at garden openings to go directly to beneficiaries.The NGS publishes The Yellow Book, a guide to over 3,700 gardens – the so-called ‘bible’ of garden visiting … Order your copy here!