The National Garden Scheme opens gardens in England and Wales – but if you’re looking for somewhere to visit further north, our friends at Scotland’s Gardens Scheme has many beautiful gardens to choose from.
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme was established in 1931 and helps garden owners across Scotland open their gardens to the public to raise money for charity. From cottage gardens to stately homes; allotments to therapeutic and physic gardens; formal gardens to wildlife sanctuaries.
Many of the gardens that open under the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme banner are privately owned and therefore normally inaccessible to the public. Open days are a fantastic opportunity to visit the gardens of Scotland whilst helping raise funds for charity.
Sixty percent of funds raised may go to charities nominated by each garden owner with the net remainder being donated to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme beneficiaries: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, The Gardens Fund of the National Trust for Scotland and Perennial. Garden details and directions can be found by visiting www.scotlandsgardens.org or in the annual guidebook.