Dame Mary Berry launches the 2022 Great British Garden Party 

Mary Berry launches our Great British Garden Party

Press Release – April 2022

Sharing a love of gardens and great causes 

Dame Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme and the Nation’s undisputed Queen of Cakes, is championing the Great British Garden Party as it enters its third, delicious year in 2022.  

This major fundraising event, designed by the National Garden Scheme to share the Nation’s love of gardens and to raise vital funds for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities, builds on a rich heritage of great gardens, great cakes and great causes.  

Speaking about the initiative Dame Mary Berry said: “As President of the wonderful National Garden Scheme, I am delighted to invite you to join me in hosting a Great British Garden Party this year. 

“We’re inviting everyone – it doesn’t matter whether your garden is large or small, tidy or untidy – to join in and help raise funds for vital nursing and health charities; charities that so many of us, our family and friends often rely on in times of need.   

“We’ve been so inspired by previous party hosts and their ingenious variations on the garden party theme, tailoring their events to their outside spaces and to their families and friends. Some simply threw open their garden gates and invited their neighbours for afternoon tea, making new friends. But your garden party could be anything from a barbecue or family bake-off, prosecco by candlelight, a coffee morning and book swap or even a plant and produce sale by the front gate – the choice is yours and everyone can get involved.” 

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme added: “Gardens and outdoor spaces have never been more important. They provide us all with the perfect place to meet friends and family, to socialise and relax, so using them to support such important health-related causes by holding a Great British Garden Party seems like the perfect opportunity to plan something wonderful.” 

The official Great British Garden Party dates are Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th July, but you can choose any day across the summer that is best for you.  

Joining the Great British Garden Party couldn’t be simpler.  Sign up on the National Garden Scheme website, invite your guests and the National Garden Scheme event team will support you all the way.  


Talking Tables partner for a second scrumptious year …

“To add colour and fun to everyone’s celebrations this year, the National Garden Scheme has once again teamed up with Talking Tables. Their products bring eye-catching colour and joy to the table, while their generosity will help us support everyone’s fundraising,” adds George Plumptre. 

Commenting on the partnership, Clare Harris, founder and director of Talking Tables said: “As a keen gardener myself, I love the twinning of sharing tea and cakes with friends in one’s own little oasis with raising funds for a great cause. We are pleased to be partnering with the National Garden Scheme for a second year and making the most of the Great British Garden Party campaign with family, colleagues and customers.” 

As part of the partnership in 2022, Talking Tables will be donating a 5% royalty payment to the National Garden Scheme of proceeds from the UK sales of the most popular ‘Truly Scrumptious’ ranges of party accessories including hand-curated Great British Garden Party tea party kits throughout April – September 2022. 


There are hundreds of ways to fundraise with a Great British Garden Party, from afternoon tea with friends and family barbecues to book swops and plant sales…



Lead image courtesy of Selina Lake and Sussie Bell


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