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.
Inside the Institute, people could have a look at our herbarium specimens and be amazed by our new botanical wallpaper.
And of course, no day would be complete here without a nice cup of tea and a piece of home-made cake.
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.