In the current Coronavirus crisis, when our beautiful gardens are closed, our friends at the National Garden Scheme and its garden owners are working to bring the gardens to life for you with virtual garden visits, gardening tips and great stories. With gardens closed, our nursing and health beneficiaries face an 80% reduction in our support at a time when they need it most. So if you enjoy this content please consider making a donation to help the NGS to help them.

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/

Cae Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey is an informal country garden with outstanding panoramic views out to Snowdonia.

The Garden Owners, Hazel and Nigel Bond started work on the garden in 2002 when it was nothing more than open pastures. Today the garden is abundant with lush, colourful planting, offering a haven for their local wildlife.

Join Hazel for a walk through the garden to learn the story behind this Welsh garden gem…

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Garden owner Patsy Clark is 93, born the same year that the National Garden Scheme was founded she has been a fabulous supporter of the charity for over 37 years. Opening the garden, she says, gives her impetus to get it ship-shape. Join her now for a virtual visit to her Hexham garden that’s painted with a plantswoman’s palette and packed with character.

“All my plants are people,” she says. “I either love them or I don’t.”

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In 1911 Ludo and May Heathcoat Amory, the current owners great grandparents, married and moved into the house at Chevithorne Barton in Devon. The garden was very much part of their future plans but within four years Ludo was dead on the Somme and, when she lost all three sons in the second World War, May poured her passion into the garden creating a plantswoman’s paradise. Woodland walks carpeted with bluebells, orchards, rock gardens and cascades, herbaceous borders, a lake and stunning views over the Exe Valley would seem special enough. But May’s legacy continued with her grandson, Michael, who dedicated himself to creating a National Collection of Oaks.

Today, Chevithorne Barton is lived in by May’s great grandson Edward who, together with Bluebell the dog, takes us on an enchanting virtual tour of the garden:

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The reputation of Philippa Burrough’s stunning Essex garden grows from year to year; recently it was voted one of the country’s top 100 gardens to visit by Garden News magazine.

Hardly surprising giving the ravishing plant combinations she arranges in the different beds and borders which have the mellow house and farm buildings as their picturesque backdrop.

In particular, at this time of year the listed black barns enclose a stunning display of tulips in the old farmyard that is colour coordinated, skilfully mixed with perennials and neatly enclosed with low clipped hedging.

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Described as a friendly garden, that’s always changing and with a touch of magic to delight visitors, The Garden House in Brighton is a slice of the country in the midst of a bustling city.

For Garden Owner Bridgette Saunders the hardest part of gardening is knowing when to stop, even the dark can’t stop her! Join her now to find out why this very special city garden is a thing of joy.

For more virtual garden visits do take a look at the NGS website – https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits-collection/