More than a 100 Yorkshire gardens are open to the public in the National Garden Scheme

PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:30 28 April 2013

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More gardens than ever in Yorkshire open to the public to not only show off but raise money for charity

Put the winter blues away and visit a garden for inspiration during the National Gardens Festival Weekend in Yorkshire. You’ll receive a warm welcome from owners opening their gardnens to the public, offering homemade teas plus plants for sale and usefui gardening advice which make for an excellent day out, and all in the aid of good causes.

There are over 100 gardens to choose from spread across the county.

Plan a visit on an open day or privately with a group of friends; many gardens will open on a day especially for you - some only by prior arrangement such as Stonehaven in Harrogate and for a pure Japanese experience try Lower Heugh Cottage near Skipton.

Last year Yorkshire garden owners raised £127,000 for nursing and caring charities. Support them this season and you’ll find new gardens and old favourites such as Terrington House with its exquisite shell house and year round plant interest. Meet enthusiastic plant collectors at Hallam Grange Croft who have created interest within a small space with skilful planting and clever design features or Dover Road, both of which are near Sheffield.

A town garden, hidden from view, surprises the visitor with a meandering path round a circular lawn at number 6 Fulwith Avenue, Harrogate.

An artist/photographer/garden designer owner uses terracing below the Arts and Crafts house at Edgeholme near Halifax. An inspirational young garden nestles on a hillside overlooking a hidden Nidderdale valley at Cow Close Cottage, the epitome of a small English country garden at its very best.

The garden festival weekend in Yorkshire on June 15th and 16th is part of the first National Gardens Festival Weekend organised by the National Gardens Scheme which aims to raise £500,000 for nursing and caring charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Carers Trust

Thanks to the hard work of garden owners and the enduring enthusiasm of visitors, the NGS has donated £25million to nursing and caring charities over the past 10 years and is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest ever donor. Over half a million people visited gardens opened in support of the NGS last year.

George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme, says: ‘We hope that the focus on this nationwide event will raise awareness of both the NGS and the charities we support with some £2.5m donated annually.

‘Visiting a beautiful garden and stopping for some tea and cake is a really enjoyable way of raising money for charity and every year thousands of people do exactly that.

‘On our festival weekend we want lots more people to join them and help raise millions of pounds for our group of wonderful beneficiaries.’

Over a hundred gardens are listed in a Yorkshire Gardens 2013 booklet available in nurseries, garden centres, tourist information centres and by post from Biddy Marshall, The Old Vicarage, Whixley, YO26 8AR - send her an A5 (C5) size s.a.e. to receive your free copy.

Or simply visit www.ngs.org.uk for opening dates and times. Yellow signs and posters will help guide you to the garden gate on the open days. There is also a free NGS iOS app for iPhone and iPad which allows visitors to see what’s on and share garden opening details with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Visitors can alsof find out what’s on and share garden opening details with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

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