National Garden Scheme: Marie Curie’s single largest donor

Since partnering with us 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 20 years

National Garden Scheme logo

Each year, from March to October, the National Garden Scheme opens the gates to more than 3,800 beautiful private gardens for the public to enjoy. 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 2016 alone we received an incredible £500,000. This will help us be there for more families who need us.

Anniversary Weekend

This year marks the National Garden Scheme’s 90th birthday and to celebrate, they are holding an Anniversary Weekend on 27-28 May. More than 400 gardens will be open to visit.

Visit a Marie Curie Hospice garden

For the first time ever, Marie Curie Hospice gardens will also open as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The Marie Curie Hospices in Hampstead, the West Midlands, Liverpool and Newcastle will all be showcasing the dedication and hard work that our gardening volunteers put into making them beautiful outside spaces for the people and families we care for. 

Hospice gardens open days

Show your support

Find your local open garden on the NGS website or buy the Garden Visitor's Handbook. Don't forget to share photos of your visits on social media, using the hashtag #ngs90 or #greatgardensgreatcake 

Visit the NGS website

The National Garden Scheme Bursary Fund

This year, Marie Curie is proud to announce that the National Garden Scheme will 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.