NGS Open Day a huge success

We’ve been open this afternoon for the National Gardens’ Scheme (NGS) – a nationwide scheme in which public and private gardens open up occasionally for charity.

We usually do our NGS day in June, but thought we’d open in April for a change, as our garden looks lovely at this time too. The result was around 100 people pouring through the doors – despite the sudden chill in the air!

Visitors enjoyed seeing our new Moss Trail, as well as our seasonal delights such as Tulipa turkestanica, Lathyrus vernus (Spring vetch), Fritillaria meleagris (Snake’s head fritillary) and the giant flowering Sophora tetraptera Kowhai.

IMG_7613 Tulipa turkestanica    IMG_7679 Lathyrus vernus (Spring vetch)IMG_7697 Fritilliaria meleagris (Snakes head fritillary) IMG_7690 Sophora tetraptera Kowhai
We also showed off some of our pond life and sold a huge number of plants.

IMG_7724 Pond life   IMG_7723 Sarah and Elaine and plant stall  IMG_7725 Selling plants

Inside the Institute, people could have a look at our herbarium specimens and be amazed by our new botanical wallpaper.

IMG_7721 NGS herbarium

And of course, no day would be complete here without a nice cup of tea and a piece of home-made cake.

NGS 2015   IMG_7718 Cakes

If you missed today and would like to visit for one of our special events, keep an eye on our Events page – we’ve got the Chelsea Fringe Fete and our summer Open Garden evenings coming up soon.


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