We've opened for the National Garden Scheme for the past 2 years - always a daunting prospect, but also so much fun!
The National Garden Scheme gives away £millions to nursing and health care charities and they are the largest ever donor to Macmillans, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Carers' Trust. In 2021 The NGS gave away £3,000,000 ! When we lived in London I opened our garden for the NGS, but 2021 was the first time we've opened in Wiltshire. I love opening the garden - half the joy of having a garden is sharing it and especially with strangers. Gardening is a great leveller. In a former life I once listened, open mouthed while one of the UK's richest and most beautiful duchesses argued with a craggy old man who had an allotment in South London, about the best variety of potatoes. For me, that said it all! Both times that we've opened so far lots of local people have come and are memories of our house and garden when it was a dairy farm - and each time we've raised about £1,400!. Below are photos of the garden taken around that time.
If you want more details of how we created the round iris bed and other parts of the garden, you can find them on the 'project' pages of the website, including this one:
Garden Projects - 2 circular beds and a pond by the grassy knoll