Open gardens always a good way to raise money for charity

With all the lockdowns and Coronavirus restrictions over the last few months many people have focused their attention on improving their gardens.

In a “normal” year, they might then be persuaded to join their local town or village open gardens charity fundraisers, but many of these have not survived the lockdowns this year.

However, it would be a shame if no-one could see all these newly-beautiful gardens and it is still possible using the National Garden Scheme.

The charity gives visitors access to over 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities

The NGS has its origins at a QNI (Queen’s Nursing Institute) council meeting in 1926, when council member Miss Elsie Wagg came up with the idea of raising money for district nursing through the nation’s obsession with gardening.

A year later the National Garden Scheme was founded and garden owners were asked to open their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. 609 gardens opened and raised a total of £8,191.

Since then it has grown to raise money for a wide range of health-related charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

This year, Mary Berry will be among the participants. Why not celebrate your garden this summer to raise money for some of the most important and best-loved nursing and health charities in the UK.

Your garden can be of any size or type large or small, a horticultural delight or a children’s playground.

There’s more information here https://ngs.org.uk/

Cultivation tips for June

Normally from around mid-June flowers are beginning to come out. However due to the cold Spring things seem a little less forward. Maybe this will all change now that rain has fallen. If we get some nice warm sunny weather we could still have plenty of colour in our gardens later this month.

Don’t forget to spray your roses with a fungicide and when necessary an insecticide. Other than this and making sure that roses in permanent containers are kept well-watered hopefully there is little to do this month, but to enjoy your garden.

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