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Waterperry Garden, England
WATERPERRY GARDENS (UK)
Waterperry is an 83 acre property, located 20 mins east of Oxford in England, which includes an inspirational picturesque 8 acre display garden. The property oozes history; including a 1000 year old Saxon church with original stained glass windows. In the 1930’s a famous English landscaper, Beatrix Havergal established her renowned gardening school on the property. Though the school is now long gone, it’s legacy remains; including reputably one of the finest herbaceous borders in Europe.
Allow at least 2 hours to visit, and if you’re the type of person who likes discovering new and different plants, make that 4 hours. If you’re partner gets bored with plants, there is a garden shop that sells everything to do with the garden from plants to garden furniture, as well as arts, crafts and books.
In July, the garden hosts one of England’s biggest fine arts festivals, and in October an Apple festival.
There are a range of distinct garden areas at Waterperry. On entering the garden you move along the Virgins Walk past a long shady border of geraniums, ferns, hostas and colourful perennials. This leads to Sebbs Garden, an alpine garden that displays a collection of delicate mountain bulbs and perennials in beds contained by low stone walls.
The herbaceous border extending here is stunning from May till October. It demonstrates how a carefully chosen combination of plants can achieve a continual sequence of colour over an extended period. This border extends for what seems more than 100 metres, with a brick wall as a backdrop.
A range of other features throughout the garden are enclosed by yew trees.
The Mary Rose Garden comprises formal beds of scented roses, well organised to demonstrate modern types including Patio, Floribunda, Hybrid Tea and Ground Cover. There are also informal beds of old-fashioned roses, under planted with herbaceous plants and bulbs.
The Formal Garden contains a traditional knot garden in its centre, surrounded by old-fashioned herbs and flowers. Here you can sit in the shade of Wisteria, Clematis and vine covered arbours.
This is only a fraction of what can be seen at Waterperry. Open all year round, this is a garden that should not be missed when you next visit England.
Located near the village of Waterperry, near the M40 and Wheatley, Oxfordshire
Web Site http://www.waterperrygardens.co.uk