Today was my day off so we made the most of it by setting the clock early and venturing out into the Peak District for our usual Sunday morning car boot sale followed by refreshments at Hassop Station. We were done by 10am so decided to spend some time up at Thornbridge Hall which had been opened up to the public for the day as part of the National Gardens Scheme (gardens open for charity).
Thornbridge Hall is somewhere I frequented in my school days when it used to be an education/conference centre and has now evolved into the most wonderful place. It isn't usually open to the public but does cater for weddings and other private/corporate events in addition to housing their own (fantastic) brewery.
The gardens are truly stunning with plenty of quirky additions and colour everywhere you look. Here are some pictures from the day (spot the pug taking us on a walk as she explored the different plants!).....
Here is a little information about NGS taken from the website....
"Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to us (including from the sale of teas and plants); the only exceptions being in some cases they ask that a small proportion goes to a nominated local charity.
Our tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest is supported by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales."
Have you visited any of the NGS open gardens this year? Please do share your favourite venues!