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The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) - The Yellow Book

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is a registered charity which runs a programme that opens gardens of quality, character and interest to the public.

Publishers of The Yellow Book (2009) detailing adventures ahead for garden visitors throughout England and Wales in the year ahead with over 3,600 gardens to choose from.

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) - The Yellow BookThe Yellow Book published every year by The National Gardens Scheme is a county by county guide to thousands of gardens in England & Wales, many not normally open to the public, plus up-to-date articles inside from celebrities and gardening experts. Brief garden descriptions, directions and opening times are included along with many colour pictures and information on over 150 gardens with accommodation.

Every year The National Gardens Scheme gardens across England and Wales welcomes over half a million visitors. The charity has a long tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest and is supported by their Patron, HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and their President, Zac Goldsmith the English environmentalist, socialite, and a Conservative parliamentary candidate.

Few people will realise that through opening these gardens to the public they raise in excess of £2 million each year for nursing and care charities. Since their foundation in 1927 they have raised well over £40 million. The charitie's office is small so most of the money raised goes straight to the charities they support.

Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Others are open to the public on a regular or commercial basis and support the NGS in various ways. Some open as part of a group which gets the whole community involved.

The NGS donations are "unrestricted" which means their money can be invested in areas which these charities consider vital to future development, and which might be difficult to fund from other sources.

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Their website: www.NGS.org.uk helps you plan a quick and easy route to your featured garden visiting. The 'GardenFinder' helps you plan garden visits by dates, by location, garden name or by specific garden feature. If you are looking for something special, for example a garden design by the celebrated Gertrude Jekyll, simply type in the keyward search box - you can even specify county and time of year.

It's always good to keep up with the news and the NGS has up to date gardening stories from around the country and has a calendar of special events that has been put together by the NGS for garden visitors to enjoy a wide variety of garden related experiences. Events are as diverse as visits to celebrated gardens with talks and tours, music and plants. With some gardens across the country open from late January onwards, you can discover glorious displays of spring bulbs, aconites, snowdrops and hellebores.

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