A Father’s Day weekend with a difference

Whether your dad is an allotment ace, a horticultural hero or simply a cake connoisseur, take him to visit one of the 234 National Garden Scheme gardens open over Father’s Day weekend for a celebration with a difference.

There are a variety of gardens ready to be explored over the weekend – including an allotment-style kitchen garden in Devon by organic produce company, Riverford; a small but magical and densely planted part-walled garden in Essex; and an historic house with a garden dating back to the 17th century in Cumbria. Or take him to one of the many groups of gardens opening together in pretty villages around the country.

Riverford Field Kitchen, Devon

Visitors of all ages are welcome at garden openings and with delicious homemade cake, tea and plant sales available at almost all gardens, it’s the perfect family day out.  Children under 16 often get free entry, many openings have disabled access and dogs are allowed in a number of gardens.

37 Turpins Lane, Essex

National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre, says: ‘There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to visit a National Garden Scheme garden on the 16th and 17th June. Our gardens are very much a place for families, where everyone can relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings and a slice of cake together –all while raising vital funds for nursing and caring charities. I’d challenge any father to not enjoy garden visiting, and I’m sure it beats a mediocre and overpriced meal in a crowded restaurant!”

Askham Hall, Cumbria

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised through entry fees, teas and cakes at open gardens in 2017 and continued supporting charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

Visit the Father’s Day weekend openings page for gardens in your area.

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