NGS Gardens Open for Charity

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £60 million to charity since 1927.


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Originally set up in 1927 to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career.

In 2020, we donated £2.88 million, and despite the challenges of the year, over 72p in every £1 raised at the open gardens goes straight to our beneficiaries.  You can read about the charities we support below.

Click on any beneficiary logo below to find out more about their work.

You can also find out more about how we help and support gardeners and our Community Gardens Award programme.

Donations for 2020

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£425,000               £425,000          £425,000
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£340,000               £370,000        £157,500
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£75,000               £100,000          £190,000


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£80,000               £195,000          £97,210



With over 3700 gardens to choose from, click here to plan your visit .

The NGS publishes The Yellow Book, a guide to over 3,700 gardens - the so-called ‘bible’ of garden visiting ... Order your copy here !


Interested in opening with us? Click here for more information on how to open your garden for the NGS .

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. The gardens give all the money raised directly to us (including from the sale of teas and plants); the only exceptions being in some cases they ask that a small proportion goes to a nominated local charity.

Our tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest is supported by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Did you know that we currently give away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities and we have given them a total more than £25 million in the last 15 years. Our office and overheads are small and most of the work is done by volunteers in our county teams and so currently more than 80p in every £1 raised at garden openings goes directly to our beneficiaries.

We were delighted this year to be invited to open our own garden, here at THE Gardening WEBSITE under the ngs gardens open for charity scheme - PLEASE support this charity by visiting some of these fabulous gardens OR opening your own garden

Open Your Garden

Do you have an interesting garden of quality and character?
Are you willing to raise much needed money for charity?

Opening your garden is a rewarding way to share your passion and hard work whilst raising much needed funds for charities. Some 4000 gardens in England and Wales take part in the National Gardens Scheme and collectively we support charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Crossroads Care, Help the Hospices and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many people continue to open their garden year on year because they find that the experience is such an enjoyable one.  You may wish to read some of the anecdotes, shared with us by those that already support the NGS, to get a feel for why individuals open their gardens.

The size of your garden is not critical, and many NGS gardens are typical back gardens.  Experience shows us that garden visitors are not attracted purely by the extent of a garden, people are looking for interesting planning and design, a good range of plants and gardens which have been tended with love and care, and quite importantly, a good cup of tea.

You could decide to open once a year, although a number of people do find that opening twice is ideal and adequately enables them to justifiably showcase their hard work.  As the climate in Britain can be unpredictable opening twice can be advisable to ensure a greater chance of fine weather.  Some of our very dedicated gardeners like to be able to exhibit different seasons in their gardens and therefore choose to open to the public in the spring, summer and autumn.

TV presenter,Carol Klein, of BBC 2's 'Open Gardens' series says "Every year, new gardens join The National Gardens Scheme to help raise money for caring and nursing charities. If you think your garden fits the bill, please contact your local volunteer team who will help you.”
Check List

Is your garden interesting?
Is the planting and/or design attractive?
Is your garden well maintained?
Can you offer refreshments if required?
Do you enjoy talking about your garden?
Are you ready for a fun day?
If you think you could open your garden and raise funds, why not discuss the possibility with our friendly volunteer team friendly volunteer team.  You can also download our information leaflet or call 01483 211535 for further details.

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

Other ways to support NGS:

• Visit a garden
• Make a donation
• Sign-up to our enewsletter
• Join our volunteer team
• Buy the Yellow Book
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Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care is Britain's leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for. Please click on the website link above for more information One of the charities supported through...
Help The Hospices
Help The Hospices
Help the Hospices supports members and other organisations as they strive to grow and improve end of life care throughout the UK and across the world. Please click on the website link above for more...
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Please click on the website link...
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes. Please click on the website link above for more information One of...
Queens Nursing Institute
Queens Nursing Institute
The Queen's Nursing Institute is dedicated to improving patient care by supporting community nurses Please click on the website link above for more information One of the charities supported...
The Gardeners Royal Benevolent Fund Perennial
The Gardeners Royal Benevolent Fund Perennial
The Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Fund (Perennial) provides help and advice to those in need who work, or have worked, in horticulture, whatever their age or trade.  Perennial now also support The...
The National Trust
The National Trust
The National Trust sponsors trainee heritage gardeners of the future Please click on the website link above for more information One of the charities supported through NGS national gardens scheme -...
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