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National Gardens Scheme


Celebrating its 90th Birthday this year, the National Gardens Scheme has been raising money since 1927 by opening private gardens, from the Queen’s to cottage courtyards, in order to raise funds for caring charities. Donating £2.7 million last year, we are major benefactors to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK among many others.

Earl Hyde and I have been opening our garden to the public for over 2 decades, appearing on Gardener’s World twice, and on ITV as one of Alan Titchmarch’s favourites on “Britain’s Best Back Gardens “. We have featured in beautiful books like “Great Gardens of London” and  “The London Garden Book   A-Z “.

Our garden boasts a Baroque style  temple, pagodas,  an  oriental area with carp pond and latterly a new “Tea House” built by Earl to compensate  for  coming up with Bates Motel when I requested a “Nautical Shed “. I harbour a fantasy that Mary Berry, our new NGS President , might take tea and  enjoy a slice of Earl’s delicious  fruit cake gazing on the carp pond, through a moon gate window in the  said Tea House.

All fine and dandy . .but we won’t sit back on our laurels – I cut them down to make space for our LATEST  feature .  Until recently, Phoebe the Fearless   traversed the pond by plank. Now a red and black bridge beckons … I call it the “Bridge too Far “, in  response to “How much further  can we push our creativity?”

Visitors will be able to judge for themselves at our first event  on April 30th . Whatever the weather, a warm welcome awaits. Do join us at: 5 St Regis Close, Alexandra Park Rd N10 2DE on the following dates:

Sunday April 30th              2 – 6.30 pm

Sunday June 18th            2 – 6.30pm

Sunday July 23rd              2 – 6.30pm

Sunday July 30th              2 – 6.30pm (in aid of KSDP)

Adm  £4  .Children go free .

Wheelchair access

Delicious home-made teas available alongside a MEGA plant sale and Open Studio.

For more information visit www.ngs.org.uk

Private  groups by arrangement: suebearlh@yahoo.co.uk

Susan Bennett  and Earl Hyde Assistant County Organisers  NGS  NW London .

(always keen to hear about potential NEW gardens to open)

Princes Avenue Gardens

In a beautiful Edwardian avenue in the heart of Muswell Hill Conservation Area, two very different gardens reflect the diverse life styles of their owners. The charming, immaculately maintained garden at No 17 is designed for relaxing and entertaining and is shaded by large surrounding trees – among which is a ginko. The garden features a superb hosta and fern display. No 28 is a well-established traditional garden reflecting the charm typical of the era. Mature trees, shrubs, mixed borders and woodland garden creating an oasis of calm just off the bustling Broadway.

Sunday 14 May (2 – 6pm). Combined admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.

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