This Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1927 was the first weekend that National Garden Scheme gardens opened to the public. Ninety-four years later and we are still going strong, opening beautiful and inspiring spaces for everyone … and there’s often delicious cake too! For 94 years the National Garden Scheme has been opening private gardens to the public to raise funds for nursing and health charities. Many of the gardens dip in and out of the Scheme; some take a well-earned break for a year or want time out to develop or plan a new part of the garden, others are sold and the garden loving owners move on. In 2021 we’re delighted to welcome back five famous gardens including Vaynor Park, Welshpool, which is due to open in September. But you don’t need to wait till then despite late frosts the signs are looking good for the roses that fill National Garden Scheme gardens with their abundant beauty and scent throughout the summer months. This quintessential English bloom which, according to fossil evidence, is 35 million years old, was probably first cultivated by the Chinese 5,000 years ago. Today, the bloom, colour and perfume of roses remain a firm favourite with gardeners throughout the UK. Enjoy the rose garden with pergola kitchen garden and small orchard; azaleas and rhododendrons at Llwyn Madoc, Beulah, Llanwrtyd Wells, open Bank Holiday Monday 31 May.
Bees, along with all pollinators, are some of the most important species to the survival of plants on Earth so we think they’re worth celebrating! If you missed World Bee Day on 20 May discover all our bee-friendly stories at ngs.org.uk and look out for them on the 100 year old wisteria at Llanstephan House, Llanstephan, Llyswen. Open on Bank Holiday 31 May, only drinks will be served, but visitors are very welcome to bring your own picnic in the 20 acre garden, first laid out almost 200 years ago and in the present owner’s family for more than a century, featuring a Victorian walled kitchen garden and greenhouses.
Staying at home, if you watched the virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show then why not sit back and enjoy some virtual visits to gardens designed by gold-medal winners in ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits
Or visit the gardens which ‘open by arrangement’, these accept individuals or couples, so if it helps to feel safer look for their details on ngs.org.uk
Pre-booking is now only essential where mentioned, otherwise you can buy your ticket on arrival. Many gardens also have a new cashless payment system.
Every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct, please check individual gardens on https://www.ngs.org.uk/powys for details before setting off.