Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry gardens are steeped in history, with the famous, purely herbaceous border dating back to the 1930’s when Beatrix Havergal established her Ladies Horticultural School.

Running more than 200 feet along the length of the old kitchen garden wall, the south facing border provides interest from early May to late September, using early, mid-season and late-flowering herbaceous plants and climbers.

New design elements have been incorporated into the 8 acre gardens over the years, including the colour border, showing how to use flowers, stems, autumn foliage and fruit in design.

A formal knot garden reflects planting through the ages from Tudor to modern times and there’s also a herb border and spectacular white and lavender wisteria arch.

The Mary Rose Gardens show how roses can be used in design and there’s a waterlily canal, herbaceous nursery stock beds from which all our cuttings are taken for the plants sold in the walled garden plant centre; island beds designed by nurseryman Alan Bloom; an alpine garden and riverside walk.

As well as an art gallery, small rural life museum and teashop, the garden shop sells a full range of garden sundries, gifts and books. Waterperry is an oasis of calm and beauty within easy reach of Oxford.

Fact File

Opening Times:
March to October 10am to 5.30pm.
November – February 10am to 5pm.

Admission rates:
January and February 2009.
Adults and concessions £3.50
Children aged 16 and under Free.

March to October 2009.
Adults £5.45
Concessions £4.35
Children aged 10 – 16 £3.65
Children under 10 Free

November 2009 – February 2010
Adults and concessions £3.85
Children aged 16 and under Free

Group rates:January and February 2009 group rate is £3.50 for parties of 20 or more booked in advance.

March to October 2009 group rate is £4.25 for parties of 20 or more booked in advance.

November 2009 – February 2010 group rate is £3.85 for parties of 20 or more booked in advance.

Facilities:Garden shop, Plant centre, Teas, Restaurant, Gallery, Museum

Disabled Access:Yes. Toilet and parking for disabled on site. Wheelchairs on loan.

Tours/Events:Tours can be arranged and Waterperry has a full programme of annual events from those with a horticultural theme to outdoor concerts and theatre. There’s also a full programme of gardening, arts and crafts classes. Please visit our website www.waterperrygardens.co.uk for more information or alternatively download a list of events.

Coach parking:Yes. Coach drivers also receive a meal voucher on booking.

Length of visit:Approximately 3 – 4 hours.

Booking contact: Main Office, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ. Tel 01844 339254. Fax 01844 339883.

Email: office@waterperrygardens.co.uk
Website: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Location: 7 miles east of Oxford – junction 8 M40 from London. Follow brown signs. Junction 8 M40 from Birmingham.