Digging into the history of National Garden Scheme

The gardens at Wallington Hall.
Picture by Jane Coltman
The gardens at Wallington Hall. Picture by Jane Coltman

Kirkley WI

Maureen Kesteven, the County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme, which is run by volunteers, gave us a very interesting talk, along with a power-point show of beautiful gardens within the scheme, at this month’s meeting.

The National Garden Scheme started with the opening of the Royal Gardens at Sandringham to the public in 1927 and has expanded throughout the country.

It allows the public to visit formal gardens within large country estates, as well as small, personal gardens every year.

We have some gorgeous gardens in the scheme within our own region of Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teesside, which are open between February and October.

The local NGS brochure has all the dates the various gardens are open and they are well worth visiting.

We ended the evening with tea and homemade scones, and the competition this month was a piece of floral jewellery. The winner was Angela Potts.