The series of online talks through April and May feature ‘heritage’ gardens, historic in their own right, all of which have opened for the National Garden Scheme since its early years. We start the series with a talk that explores the story of the National Garden Scheme, its surprising origins in the Victorian foundation of nursing, its launch in the 1920s, its championing of the best in the nation’s gardens, and its development into a much-loved part of Britain’s social fabric. National Garden Scheme CEO George Plumptre will talk about the charity’s history and foundation, introducing William Rathbone whose ancestor founded district nursing. We will also feature Miranda Gunn talking about her family’s superb garden at Ramster in Surrey which has the distinction of being one of only two gardens that have opened for the National Garden Scheme in every single year since its foundation in 1927. The other garden is The Queen’s garden at Sandringham which features in a later talk.