Irene Dougan, the County Organiser for the Derbyshire National Gardens Scheme, called her talk ‘Derbyshire Delights’ when she visited Ticknall Garden Club at their September meeting. She showed many photographs of beautiful gardens that proved the title was well deserved. The scheme raises an amazing £2.5 million for nursing, caring and garden charities every year.
The founding of the National Gardens Scheme dates back to 1927 when Elsie Wragg developed the idea of opening gardens for public viewing for charity. Starting from a list published in Country Life the scheme has now expanded to The Yellow Book so familiar today. It includes details of well over 3,000 gardens to view in England and Wales.
The types of garden vary widely; large and small town and country, traditional and modern, formal and informal. Planting styles include perennials, water features, woodland, meadows and vegetables so there is always something to interest everyone.
The opening of Locko Park in Spondon (see featured image above) dates back to 1927; the opening of Melbourne Hall gardens is a recent addition. There are many fine gardens that open in our local area and this talk reminded us that they are there for our delight.