The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.
Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic.
What a lovely idea! #worldkindnessday
The Kitchen Garden, Hampton Court Palace
Our September 2018 guest speaker was Vicki Cooke, the Keeper Of the Kitchen Garden, Hampton Court Palace. The original kitchen garden was built for William and Mary in 1689 and the restoration is based on how it would have looked in the 18th century. It was started in late summer 2013 and was finished in the summer of 2014. It is a seasonal garden with historically accurate fruit and vegetable crops as far as possible.
Further information can be found at https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-pal…/…/kitchen-garden/…
Hampton Court Flower Show 3rd – 8th July 2018
Another year, another wonderful show. This year Ell Amour won the coveted Hampton Court Village RHS Best Dressed Window Display
Hampton Court Flower Show 4th – 9th July 2017
MWI are so lucky to have the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on our doorstep!
Please feel free to use the Reply Box (below) as a notice board to let your friends know which day you are attending, so they can ‘tag along’, or just to arrange to meet up for Summer drinks by the bandstand…
The “RHS Hampton Court Village in Bloom 2017” window display competition, takes place annually alongside the Hampton Court Flower Show. Congratulations to the winners Miles & Bird estate agents (with the help of their friends at Phillo & the birds Miranda knitted for the display…🐥)! Bridge Road looked really beautiful, well done and thank you to everyone who joined in this wonderful local community event.
The Lonely Bouquet
In collaboration with the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) the NFWI promoted the Lonely Bouquet campaign on National Flower Arranging Day, Friday 5 May 2017.
The idea of the Lonely Bouquet is to spread a little joy by making a small bouquet, or even just a single bloom, and leaving it somewhere for a random stranger to find. Last year 60,000 bouquets were made and distributed. Bouquets will be tagged with “made with love by Molesey Women’s Institute”.
Examples of MWI floral craft creations :)…