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By: The National Gardens Scheme  24/02/2009
Keywords: gardening, gardens, gardeners

ADVENTURES AHEAD FOR GARDEN VISITORS IN THE YELLOW BOOK 2009   Writing in The Yellow Book 2009, Toby Buckland, presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, says, “I always think that The Yellow Book is an adventure guide for gardeners,  taking you to places, towns and villages you wouldn’t ordinarily visit….” Over 3,600 gardens are featured in The NGS’s Yellow Book 2009 – the so-called ‘bible’ of garden visiting and the key to secret gardens of England and Wales, as most are private and not otherwise open to the public.  And with so many gardens, there’s always one close to hand. From East Lambrook Manor, one of England’s best loved privately owned gardens designed by the late Margery Fish, to the romantic cottage garden with contemporary planting created by Julie and Tim Wise at Rustling End Cottage, to the 120 plots on Prices Lane Allotments growing flowers, fruit and vegetables, discover the varied and often eccentric mix of gardening styles. The 2009 Yellow Book boasts more than 650 new gardens, including The Museum of English Rural Life (M.E.R.L.) herb physic garden, a flower arrangers’ garden in Durham and four historic house hotels which originally opened for the NGS in the early 1930s.  The open gardens offer something for everyone, not just the keen gardener. Priced at £8.99 from all good bookstores and available online from, The Yellow Book 2009 highlights gardens designed with children in mind, new ideas for growing vegetables, gardens across the centuries, national plant collections and even those offering accommodation. With an average admission charge of £3.00 – and most admit children 16 and under for free - the gardens are excellent value for money and you’ll be doing your bit for charity as around 80 per cent of the money raised goes to good causes.   Over £3 million was raised in 2008 through the generosity of garden visitors and the hard work of garden owners and volunteers. During 2008 the NGS donated over £2 million to its beneficiary charities include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Crossroads - Caring for Carers and Help the Hospices.   And for NGS enthusiasts, sign up to become a Friend of the NGS and receive newsletters, discounts on NGS events and promotional offers.  Purchase The Yellow Book 2009 and join for free!   So make sure you pick up a copy of this fantastic book and get out into other people’s gardens, you’ll be surprised at what lurks behind those 3,600 garden gates.   To find out more about The NGS, the Friends of the NGS or to order a copy of The Yellow Book, call The NGS on 01483 211535.  

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