The National Garden Scheme was founded by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) in 1927, when £8,191 was raised by opening 609 gardens at one shilling a head. We became independent of the QNI in 1980 and the charity has remained a valued partner ever since – with the National Garden Scheme raising over £6 million for the QNI in our 95 years working together.

In 2023, the National Garden Scheme donated £425,000 to The QNI including funding for the NGS Elsie Wagg Innovation Scholarship, for projects led by nurses that improve people’s physical and mental health through gardening (click here for more information) and an additional £100,000 (to be paid quarterly) to cover the costs in 2023-34 of four professional community networks for which other funding unexpectedly ceased in June 2023.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute campaigns for the best possible nursing care for patients in their own homes and communities. Their national network of Queen’s Nurses lead by example, and the charity supports frontline projects in the community to improve patient care. The Queen’s Nursing Institute believes that skilled, professional and dedicated community nursing should be available to everyone, where and when they need it.


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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