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Hurrah! The 2011 edition of this great book is now out on the shelves of your nearest bookshop or you can order it online from the National Gardens Scheme . Mine’s just arrived in the post today and is looking snazzier than ever. The Yellow Book lists 3700 gardens that you can visit in England and Wales. A small entrance fee is charged which is donated to the NGS charities and many also raise money by serving delicious teas and cakes. The majority of the gardens in the book are small private paradises, passionately created by their owners and bravely shared with the public for just one or two afternoons a year. What I really love is that you get to see gardens local to you, often about the same size of your own back garden, with the same growing conditions, and tons of new ideas to learn from. Some surprise and delight more than others, but most times I come away feeling that I’ve seen something special. Owners are on hand to talk about their planting schemes and ideas and often sell a variety of plants that you’ve just seen in their gardens. Gardens are listed by county, and London has its own listing too. You can search for gardens by postcode, opening date or alphabetically, so it’s very easy to locate a garden to visit within your area. I’m already leafing through this tome and plotting which gardens I want to go and visit later on this year.

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