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National Garden Scheme goes virtual!

On these cold and gloomy days, going out for exercise gets more difficult.  If you enjoy beautiful gardens, then stay indoor and go to the National Garden scheme website and enjoy virtual tours of incredible gardens.

The National Garden scheme are delighted to announce a series of online talks celebrating some of the most beautiful gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme. Hear behind the scenes information from the garden owners themselves, be inspired by their garden stories and get the chance to ask questions that you can apply to your own garden. We have three talks available with more in the pipeline.

Tuesday 2nd February – 7pm – Goodnestone, the story of a garden

National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre was born and brought up at Goodnestone Park in Kent and his early years witnessed the restoration of the garden by his parents following years of wartime neglect and damage. Today it is one of the most admired gardens in the country. In his talk George will unveil the garden’s long history, highlighting the contributions of different members of his family, detailing many of the plants which today give so much of the garden’s interest and bringing it all to life with personal anecdotes and stories.

Tuesday 16th February 

My Garden Journey – 7pm – Ordnance House, Wiltshire

For Terry Winters and his wife Vanessa the garden they have created on a former MoD plot in Wiltshire has been a journey of transformation. From an empty space of sharp draining, thin chalky soil to a sumptuously planted south facing oasis, their journey shows what can be achieved with imagination and passion. Join Terry as he shares their ever evolving story from the original plans laid out in 2011 to the award-winning gardens that now bring such joy to owners and visitors alike


Tuesday 30th March – 7pm – Triumphant tulips with Philippa Burrough at Ulting Wick

Philippa Burrough’s garden at Ulting Wick in Essex has been for many years one of the National Garden Scheme’s most popular destination, not least her spectacular annual display of tulips and  Philippa’s most inspired planting. In her talk Philippa will describe creating the garden with her husband Bryan, but she will also reveal the practical details of how to create a memorable tulip display, from when to plant to her favourite tulip varieties.

Each talk costs just £10 and to book go to