2009 National Gardens Scheme in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 14:49 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:56 20 February 2013
From amateur gardeners to seasoned garden designers, or even those who just like to look, will be making dates in their diary now for the 2009 National Gardens Scheme
ACROSS Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, 142 gardens will be open to the public on dates throughout the summer and right through to October. Some are private gardens that will only open on specified days, others are open to the public throughout the year but hold special days to raise money for the NGS.
The money raised goes to caring and nursing charities including Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie Cancer Care; Help the Hospices; Crossroads - Caring for Carers and The Queens Nursing Institute as well as some local charities nominated by the garden owners. Last year Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care received 500,000 each from the national NGS income of more than 2m.
The NGS has been in existence for more than 80 years. In its first year, 1927, 609 gardens raised more than 8,000. Today more than 3,600 gardens take part.
For the full list of dates, see the May issue of Hertfordshire Life and Buckinghamshire Life, available in shops now or by subscription.