National Garden Scheme Norfolk
From February each year, Norfolk’s garden visiting public eagerly seek out the new National Garden Scheme booklet for our county. This contains all the visitor needs to know about which gardens are opening and when, where they are and what the visitor can expect to see. Our gardens, in the main, belong to private owners who work extremely hard to show off their gardens at their very best. They provide high quality tea and cakes, and many sell plants they have propagated themselves. All the entry money paid at the gate goes to our selected nursing and caring charities (including Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospice UK) and visitors enjoy a great afternoon out with their families and friends.
Our first gardens in February and March have wonderful displays of snowdrops, while those opening later in the Spring show off their daffodils, bluebells, tulips and early-flowering perennials and shrubs. The gloriously scented roses and colourful summer borders in our June and July gardens give way to the deeper-toned dahlias, daisies and exotics in those opening in August and September. Finally, the trees turn bronze, orange and red in our last garden in October – an arboretum near Norwich. Large and small, structured and natural, ornamental and edible – we have gardens to inspire and suit all gardening tastes.
The booklets also appeal to garden-loving UK tourists familiar with their own county’s booklet as well as over-seas visitors, who find the whole idea of people opening their gardens to raise money, quintessentially British and quaint!
A big thank you to all our supporting distributors. With your help in stocking and giving out our 2019 Norfolk gardens’ booklet, we can top the £118,000 we raised last year.