The Norfolk National Gardens Scheme (NGS) yellow guide 2013 was launched today by Annie Tempest, cartoonist, sculptor and gardener at Hoveton Hall in the Norfolk Broads.
Annie Tempest at Hoveton Hall
Annie Tempest said: "I always thought NGS stood for non gardening spouse! but now realize the open gardens scheme supports vital nursing and caring charities. I also believe there are three stages in a women’s life, horses,hormones and horticulture! I have have reached the third stage and inspired by the garden owners present today, the Totterings will be opening in the future for the NGS”
Thirteen new and returning gardens are opening during 2013, and along with many old favourites there will be something for everyone, from the grand country estates to groups of small town gardens. Among the new gardens is Elsing Hall, a magnificent Tudor mansion complete with working moat and classic rose gardens. The hall was a finalist in England’s Favourite House competition. In complete contrast is Cherry Tree cottage at Northacre which is a long narrow garden, typically found at many terraced properties, but here, the owners have created a garden full of interest and great ideas, which shows how you can overcome a challenging situation.
Anthea Foster, Norfolk County Organiser, said “This year we have the greatest variety and quality of gardens I can remember for some time. We are very fortunate in Norfolk to have so many loyal and generous visitors to our gardens, who together with our dedicated garden owners, last year managed to raise a magnificent £75,000 for the nursing and caring charities we support. This was despite some difficult weather conditions and represents an increase of 10% compared to 2012”.
The season gets off to a great start on Sunday, February 10 at Lexham Hall, nr Litcham PE32 2QJ, with displays of snowdrops and aconites and many winter flowering and scented. The gardens and parkland are open from 11am to 4 pm, entry £5 (children free). Teas and soup on offer.
Pick up a copy of the Norfolk NGS 2013 Guide at tourist information centres, libraries, garden centrea and nurseries or visit www.ngs.org.uk