Although National Garden Scheme has sadly had to close its gardens for the first time in its 93-year-history due to Coronavirus, it has announced today that a number of its beautiful gardens will remain open virtually in a scheme called 'Support our Gardens.'

Virtual garden visits, many of which will be filmed by their owners, will now be hosted on the National Garden Scheme website and delivered direct to subscribers' inboxes via a weekly newsletter. So now you can explore springtime blossom, unusual plants and beautifully manicured lawns from the comfort your sofa!

Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme, says:

'Garden owners have recorded videos of their gardens to make a series of ‘virtual visits’ and we are inviting everyone who might have visited a garden to watch a virtual visit instead and think of giving a donation to the charity.

I think it’s a fantastic idea, typical of the resourcefulness which has kept the National Garden Scheme going for over ninety years and I urge you to support the campaign generously and enjoy the stunning gardens.'

You can sign up to the NGS newsletter for more information about the virtual garden visits here.

Here are some of our favourite NGS gardens that you can virtually explore:

A beautifully blend of formal and wild, this quirky garden belonging to Craig and Charles' is perfect for a virtual stroll beneath the cherry blossom...

Woodlands Farm, Monmouthshire

Awash with beautiful spring bulbs and flowering magnolia trees, this tranquil garden is essential springtime viewing.

Great Comp, Sevenoaks

Inspired by its coastal surroundings, this seaside retreat includes both Fisherman's yards and formal gardens - plus a few ultra-fluffy chickens!

Whitstable Gardens, Kent