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Day out with Ian Jarvis – Waterperry Gardens (Oxon)
August 19 @ 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 19th August – Waterperry Gardens (Oxon)
Entrance £7.50 & Coach £18 Total £25.50 per person
These are eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, an excellent plant centre and garden shop, a gallery, gift shop, museum and tea shop. If you haven’t read the story of Beatrix Havergal, who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies here, from 1932 to 1971, then do; it’s fascinating. She began the school on such a shoestring that growing food (sold at Swindon Market) had to be the emphasis, rather than anything ornamental. But, over the past 20 years, the gardens have developed and grown. You’ll find a formal garden, the Mary Rose Garden, a Waterlily Canal and Long Colour Border – and, most recently, a small arboretum in the meadow area beyond the canal.
The onsite museum is full of ancient tools and implements, old veterinary implements and relics from domestic kitchens; and there’s also an Art in Action gallery, featuring contemporary art and craft to buy housed in an 18th century barn: ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, paintings and textiles, much of it by Oxfordshire-based artists.
Everything in the teashop is made by hand on the premises, using the best locally sourced ingredients, including light lunches and afternoon tea.
Leaves Nailsworth/Box/Minch at 9.15 approx. Arriving Waterperry 10.45 am. Leaving for home 16.00