Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Snowdrops / National Garden Scheme

Despite the wintry weather much of the country is currently suffering from, it's not too long before the first signs of
Spring appear - snowdrops being the first sign that all is not lost! Many gardens will soon be open to visitors to see the carpets
of this very welcome bulb.

Current research reveals that it isn't just a pretty sight but
can be used in the treatment of headaches, as a poison antidote and most interestingly as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease which is associated with a drop in acetylcholine levels. Galantamine derived from the snowdrop bulb may stop or delay the decline, helping to maintain memory according to studies by Dr Melanie-Jayne Howes of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

So, if you can remember do visit a local display near you. Check out the Yellow Book published by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to find a local garden with Spring displays. (Pictured is last years display at Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire.)

Every year the National Garden Scheme across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most of the gardens are privately owned and open for a few days each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS (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.

Postscript:It was great news that Terry And Vanessa Winters are now listed in the Yellow Book so visitors who follow their blog and the creation of Ordnance House Garden will be able to enjoy seeing their new garden first hand. Follow the link for opening days.