NGS opens virtual gardens for health charities

Gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh’s garden can be viewed online.

Gardener, writer and television presenter, Alan Titchmarsh is lending his support to the National Garden Scheme’s campaign to keep its garden gates ‘virtually’ open and to continue to raise funds for vital nursing and health charities during the current pandemic.

Founded in 1928, the National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,700 beautiful private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. Their beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

With visitors currently unable to visit gardens due to the Coronavirus crisis, the National Garden Scheme and its garden owners have been working to bring the gardens to life online with virtual garden visits, gardening tips and stories. Many beautiful gardens of all shapes and sizes are now available for a virtual visit on their website, including Alan Titchmarsh’s own private oasis. This is a romantic English garden in which topiary and roses mix with ornamental highlights and plant rarities, with wildflower meadows and country vistas beyond.

Visits to the virtual gardens are free but the NGS hope to encourage donations to help alleviate a projected 80% reduction in support to their nursing and health beneficiaries.

The gardens can be seen at

Driftwood Garden in East Sussex.