Seven miles from the heart of Oxford lies Waterperry Gardens, 8 acres of beautiful ornamental gardens with a fascinating history. Established as a School of Horticulture for Ladies by Beatrix Havergal in 1932, it is now home to a plant centre, garden shop, arts & crafts gallery, gift barn, museum and teashop.
The breath-taking gardens feature a 200 foot long herbaceous border, formal knot and rose garden, colour and contemporary borders, a water-lily canal, riverside walk and herbaceous nursery stock beds from which cuttings for some of the plants sold in the plant centre are taken. The ancient Walled Garden has recently undergone an exciting re-development including a cutting garden, vegetables, orchards and to follow this season a viewing tower.
The garden shop stocks everything you could want for the gardening season and in the plant centre you will find seasonal bedding and vegetable plants, shrubs, trees and climbers with Waterperry grown herbaceous plants a speciality. You can also find a wide range of their own apple trees reflecting trees grown in the Waterperry Orchards where thousands of bottles of the famous Waterperry apple juice and cider are produced each year.
The Gallery, Gift Barn and Garden Shop are the places to go if you are looking for beautiful, unusual and affordable gifts or items for the home and garden. There is also a small Rural Life Museum, a Saxon Church and a fabulous Teashop overlooking the grounds specialising in home baked cakes, patisserie and lunches, all cooked fresh on the premises each day using the best local seasonal produce. There is always something going on at Waterperry Gardens and you will find a full programme of year round events, from horticulturally themed weekends and talks by garden experts to outdoor theatre, concerts and fun things for the children to do in the holidays.
Waterperry Gardens' roots however are in horticulture and teaching and to this day it is still a highly regarded centre for education and an inspirational place to learn. Choose from a range of courses including RBGE practical and RHS theory certificates, plus whether you are new to gardening or have a passion for vegetables or fruit there is a host of one day and short courses too which can be found in the course brochure out now.
Open all year round Waterperry Gardens is a place to explore, relax and shop in beautiful surroundings throughout the seasons. Find out more about Waterperry Gardens by visiting the website: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk.