When the first snowdrops start to appear you know winter is finally coming to an end. So what better way to celebrate the change in seasons than by visiting one of the many National Garden Scheme (NGS) gardens that will be open over the coming months.
The Beeches, The Avenue, Milton, near Tuxford will be the first garden in Nottinghamshire to be opened in 2014 under Scheme. Jim and Margaret Swindin will open their garden on Sunday 16th and Wednesday 19th February between 11 am and 4 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a beautiful garden that overflows with snowdrops, it is full of interest to garden lovers and plant enthusiasts alike looking for unusual and rare plants. Spring in this garden boasts some 250 named snowdrops together with hellebores and early daffodils. Later in the spring the lawn is awash with crocus, fritillarias, anemones, narcissi and cyclamen. The entry fee is £3 and the NGS is proud to say that over 80% of the entry fees are donated to charity.
The NGS is a registered charity established specifically to raise money to make donations to charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and others. Most of the gardens that open for the NGS are privately owned and open on just a few days each year. They offer visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy people’s normally private creations.
For more information please go to: www.ngs.org.uk