Published: Friday 14th Feb 2014
Written by: Laura Foster
The National Garden Scheme, which has been running for the last 87 years is a fantastic scheme raising millions for worthwhile charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Help the Hospices. Norfolk alone in 2013 raised an amazing £85,000.
Visiting a National Garden Scheme is a unique experience, giving you inspiration, the owners are on hand to share ideas and they may even have plants for sale. If you are a keen gardener or happy just to enjoy taking in the stunning sights you are guaranteed to enjoy an event with its relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Looking at which gardens are open for charity over the next few months….
Horstead House, Horstead, Norwich. Saturday 22nd February 2014 (11-4)Millions of beautiful snowdrops carpet the woodland setting with flowering shrubs. Stunning features are the dogwoods growing on a small island in River Bure, which flows through the garden.
Bagthorpe Hall near Bircham. Sunday 23rd February 2014 (11-4)A carpet of snowdrops, woodland walks, a walled garden and the main garden to explore.
Chestnut Farm, West Beckham. Thursday 27th February, Sunday 2nd March 2014 (11-4)Monday 21st & Thursday 24th April, Monday 5th & Thursday 8th May 2014 (11-5)Visitors are also welcomed by appointment February to September by arrangement.You will find a 3 acre garden for all seasons, lawns, formal areas, herbaceous borders, vegetables & fruits, woodland garden, specimen trees and shrubs. Spring time you will also find over 60 varieties of snowdrops. Refreshments will be available at all events.
Hindringham Hall, Hindringham. Sunday 30th March 2014. (10-4)A Tudor Manor House, complete with moat. Surrounding the moat are thousands of narcissi varieties, a working walled garden and stream garden ablaze with hellebores and primulas.
Gayton Hall, Gayton. Sunday 6th April 2014 . (12-5)Visitors are also welcome February – October by appointment.Enjoy a 20 acre water garden, with over 2 miles of path lawns, woodland, lakes, streams and bridges. Also get to see many unusual trees, shrubs and spring bulbs.