The Garden Landscape Guide

Waterperry Gardens

The gardens date back to 1932 when Miss Beatrix Havergal opened her School of Horticulture for Ladies. The 8 acre ornamental gardens include a rose and formal knot garden, water-lily canal, riverside walk, and one of the finest purely herbaceous borders in the country. Herbaceous nursery stock beds provide a living catalogue of plants, and there's also an alpine garden, and the National Collection of Kabschia Saxifrages. A commercial plant centre, stocked with plants grown in on-site nurseries, occupies large areas of the beautiful walled garden, and the site also boasts a 5 acres of commercial orchards, producing the famous Waterperry apple juice each year. Gardening courses are held throughout the year.

Head Gardener's Comment

The 8 acre ornamental gardens are loved by plant enthusiasts for the large well-labelled plant collection and unusual nursery stockbeds. The gardens include one of the finest purely herbaceous borders in the country which flowers continuously from May to October. Other main features include a formal knot garden highlighting planting through the ages; a rose garden; contemporary grass border, Alan Bloom-designed island beds and a riverside walk.

History

The ornamental gardens at Waterperry date back to the early 1930s when Beatrix Havergal set up her School of Horticulture for Ladies. When the school closed in 1972, it paved the way for much development in the gardens which are now famous - not least for the purely herbaceous border which is a joy to behold from May to late September.

Plants of note

Waterperry holds the NCCPG for Kabschia and Silver Saxifrages.

Waterperry, nr Wheatley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, OX33 1JZ

All year. Daily. Open 10am to 5.30pm (February to October). Closed between Christmas and New Year and to all but Art In Action visitors, 21st to 24th July 2011.

November 1st 2011 - February 17th 2012 Adults and concessions £4.30 Children aged 16 and under free. Party rate for groups of 20 or more booked in advance £4.20 February 18th 2012 to October 31st 2012. Adults £6.30 Children aged 16 and under free. Party rate for groups of 20 or more booked in advance £4.85 November 1st 2012 - February 2013 Adults £4.50. Children aged 16 and under free. Party rate for groups of 20 or more booked in advance £4.20.

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Reviews

  • 5 months by Miss Disappointed 2 / 5

    Hi the only good thing about this place is the actual garden. If you are thinking of a lovely snack or meal dont be fooled by the lovely picture of homemade cakes at the top of their website, none in sight. The tearooms are the most confusing disorganised tearooms I have ever been to. There is little choice especially if you have children and if you want to pay £10.25 for a slice of pie then feel free. Very disappointed.
    Please check the website and use the postcode especially designated for the satnav otherwise you will end up playing golf!!!!
    Such a shame as could be greatly improved.
  • over 6 years by Adam Hodge 5 / 5

    Immaculately maintained..an interesting 'journey' along the various richly planted walled borders, walks,and assorted areas, not to mention the herbaceous cutting beds.
    There is always something in flower almost all year so very enjoyable whenver you go.

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Waterperry Gardens, July Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Wisteria, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Michaelmas, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens, June Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Rose Garden, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens in the Mist Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Knot Garden, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Waterperry herbaceousborder Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Waterlilly canal, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Herbaceous Border, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Knot Garden, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Wisteria, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens, September Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens, June Photograph © Waterperry Gardens
Rose Garden, Waterperry Gardens Photograph © Waterperry Gardens