The many Oxfordshire NGS Gardens represent an important and varied selection of the properties in the National Garden Scheme.
Oxfordshire NGS Gardens
The NGS (National Garden Scheme) describes the horticultural delights of Oxfordshire as follows:
“In Oxfordshire we tend to think of ourselves as one of the most landlocked counties, right in the centre of England and furthest from the sea.
We are surrounded by Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, and, like these counties, we benefit from that perfect British climate which helps us create some of the most beautiful and famous gardens in the world.
Many Oxfordshire NGS Gardens open between spring and late-autumn. Amongst these are the perfectly groomed college gardens of Oxford University, and the grounds of stately homes and palaces designed by a variety of the famous garden designers such as William Kent, Capability Brown and Harold Peto, Rosemary Verey, Tom Stuart-Smith and the Bannermans of more recent fame.
But we are also a popular tourist destination for our honey-coloured mellow Cotswold stone villages, and for the Thames which has its spring near Lechlade. More villages open as ‘groups’ for the NGS in Oxfordshire than in any other county, and offer tea, hospitality, advice and delight with their infinite variety of gardens.
All this enjoyment benefits the excellent causes that the NGS supports.”