Having recently started volunteering sessions with one of the many historic houses in my area, I was particularly thrilled to find it also offers a well known garden which is included in the national garden scheme open days. I was invited to take a tour of the gardens when I first signed up. Considering they are maintained wholly by donation and other volunteers with minimum paid supervisory work, they do look very good, if a little sparse at the moment. We have had such a poor winter, the weather has completely descimated some of the beds and new stock has had to be found to replace the damage. This is difficult when the funds are not huge. I was surirsed yesterday to discover that a very famous and popular nearby garden has also suffered irrepairable damage to some beds and big notices are up in places, explaining the lack of this shrub or that. No one was immune.