Gardens & Health

Our Gardens and Health Programme raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening for everyone. Celebrated in May each year with a dedicated Gardens and Health Week (4-12 May in 2024), we work to promote gardens and health throughout the year, linking service users from our beneficiaries with free garden visits and funding garden and health projects.

For more information on applying for funding click here

The joy of gardens!

This year’s Little Yellow Book of Gardens and Health is subtitled ‘Bring me Sunshine!’ and celebrates the joy of gardens. When the world around us can sometimes be overwhelming there is always solace, calm, friendship, community and joy to be found in a garden, whether it belongs to you or someone else. Packed full of stories from our garden owners and our beneficiaries, it takes you from the joy of creating a garden for RHS Chelsea to the calm, and happiness, that a community garden provides for so many. We hope you enjoy our interactive digital book and are able to visit a National Garden Scheme garden and experience the joy first hand this year too!

A special year with Maggie's

2024 is a special year for the National Garden Scheme’s partnership with Maggie’s. Not only have we continued to help fund the charity in building gardens at its cancer support centres but The National Garden Scheme Garden created for RHS Chelsea this year, will be relocated to the new Maggie’s garden at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge after the show.

A passion for the power of good design

Paul and Su support Maggie’s because they are lovers of modern design and architecture as well as admirers of Maggie’s work and have opened their garden Pheasant Barn in Kent for the National Garden Scheme for 14 years.

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Our donations in 2023

Donor 1
Donor 2 £450,000
Donor 3 £450,000
Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
Donor 7 £350,000
Donor 8
Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000