National Garden Scheme: Marie Curie’s single largest donor

Since partnering with us over 20 years ago, the National Garden Scheme has donated more than £8 million to help provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.  

The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Marie Curie for over 20 years

National Garden Scheme logo

Each year, from February to October, the National Garden Scheme opens the gates to more than 3,700 beautiful private gardens for the public to enjoy across England and Wales. The entrance fees are donated to a number of charities, including Marie Curie.

We are lucky to be one of the largest beneficiaries of the National Garden Scheme, and in 2017 we received an incredible £500,000 donation. This will help us be there for more families who need us.

National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend

On 2-3 June 2018 the National Garden Scheme host their annual Festival weekend which sees the busiest weekend in the calendar with over 300 gardens opening.


Marie Curie Hospice garden openings: a blooming success

For the first time ever, Marie Curie Hospice gardens were also opened to the public in summer 2017 as part of the 90th anniversary celebrations for the National Garden Scheme. 

And we are pleased to say we will opening four of our hospice gardens again in 2018 and would love you to visit them:

As well as providing recognition for volunteer gardeners who work hard looking after the gardens, the openings also enable our hospices to raise money and awareness in their local areas. 

In 2017 the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands saw the biggest turnout, with 300 people, including George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the NGS and his wife, visiting its landscaped gardens and enjoying a range of activities.

Find out more about our hospice gardening openings, or find your nearest open garden by visiting the National Garden Scheme website  .

You can get a £3 discount on the Garden Visitor’s Handbook   using the discount code MC18.

Cultivating wellbeing: The lush gardens at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle provide beautiful outside spaces for the people and families we care for.
National Garden Scheme Garden Handbook

The National Garden Scheme Bursary Fund

In 2017, Marie Curie was proud to announce that the National Garden Scheme would be sponsoring Marie Curie’s bursary fund for nursing staff. 

The fund, which is now known as the National Garden Scheme Bursary Fund, helps pay for Marie Curie Nurses and other clinical staff who would like to take on further specialist qualifications or university study in palliative and end of life care. 

The scheme aims to raise levels of knowledge and expertise among clinical staff and ultimately provide people living with a terminal illness, and their families, with the highest possible standards of care and support. 

We’re incredibly grateful for the National Garden Scheme’s sponsorship of the bursary. It’s further recognition of their long-standing commitment to helping improve the lives of people and their families living with a terminal illness.