National Garden Scheme gardens are top of the plots in this year’s Daily Mail National Garden Competition

With over 3,500 fabulous gardens in our portfolio we pride ourselves of the exceptional quality and character of National Garden Scheme gardens. And, it seems, we’re not the only ones able to spot fabulous plots! The expert judging panel on the Daily Mail’s National Garden Competition has been impressed too, with the winner and two of the runner’s-up this year all opening for the Scheme. What’s more, the third runner-up was so inspired that they will be opening for the National Garden Scheme for the first time in 2020 too.

Now in its 24th year, the Daily Mail competition attracted almost 2,000 entries from across the UK.

“We’re thrilled that all the winners of this national competition have a connection to the National Garden Scheme. It’s wonderful recognition of all the hard work that the garden owners put into their beautiful gardens which, in turn, open for us each year helping us raise so much for nursing and health charities. Congratulations to them all!” says National Garden Scheme CEO, George Plumptre.

Yew Tree Farm (above and main photo)

The overall winner was Yew Tree Farm in Lincolnshire which the judges called “an elegant, considered, beautiful, relaxed, productive garden. The owners (Claire and Robert) have achieved the goal they set themselves ten years ago.” With its gorgeous garden and fruit and veg that keeps them fed for 11 months of the year, this one and a half acre country idyll is bound to be more popular than ever when it opens for the National Garden Scheme on 26 July 2020. You can find out more and ‘favourite’* the garden at https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/33171/

The garden at Glynwood House opens as part of the Bretherton Gardens group

Terry and Sue Riding’s garden at Glynwood House in Lancashire was a deserved runner-up. With its rural setting and wonderful views the judges said, “Terry and Sue initially tried to fight nature, but nature fought back and they’ve now reached a mutual understanding. What a beautiful garden this union with nature has made.” The garden opens for the National Garden Scheme in May, July and August next year – discover more here: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/18780/


Langdale in Worcestershire also made it onto the winners’ podium. “With careful planning the owners, Sheila and Adrian, have managed to create a wonderful garden with something going on throughout the year. It’s a masterclass in succession,” said the Daily Mail judges. Opening on the 8th and 9th of August next year find out more here: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/30244/

Last, but by no means least, is the water paradise created at Fifty Shades of Green in Walsall in the West Midlands. The judges loved this gem of a garden surrounded by trees … “not what you’d expect in suburban England. The planting gives a wonderful shady feel and totally screens the garden, making it a true urban oasis.” We’re delighted that owners Annmarie and Andrew are opening for the National Garden Scheme next July.

Keep an eye on our website at ngs.org.uk for more details. All 2020 gardens and their opening times are currently being updated.

*Why not set up an account on the website (it’s completely free) and favourite the gardens you like, you’ll receive a reminder about when they open nearer the time.

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