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27 May 2020Visit to Waterperry Garden and House
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Visit to Waterperry Garden and House
Wednesday 27 May 2020

Just a stone’s throw from Oxford nestles Waterperry Gardens. Made famous by Beatrix Havergal who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies here from 1932 to 1971, it is now home to 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, a quality plant centre and garden shop, gallery and gift shop, museum and tea shop.

 You’ll be hard pushed to find a better collection of ancient tools and implements than those housed in the Museum of Rural Life. The 18th Century granary building provides the perfect backdrop for the wide range of horticultural and agricultural tools, which give a flavour of life in times gone by.

Waterperry House owes its graceful Queen Anne frontage to Sir John Curson, who had it rebuilt in 1713. The Henleys were the last family to own the manor house in the 20th century. In 1925 the whole estate was sold to Magdalen College, Oxford University, and eventually let it in 1932 to Miss Beatrix Havergal, who finally bought the estate in 1948. Beatrix Havergal established the famous Waterperry School of Horticulture and laid the foundation of the gardens we see today. Parts of the house date to Tudor times although archaeologists have found pottery, fragments of which are to be seen in the Museum of Rural Life, dating from Roman times. The house contains contemporary frescoes which are thought to be the largest single work of  their kind in this country in over 500 years.

We will travel by coach to the garden and after a stop for morning tea in the Tea Shop we will have a guided tour of the garden before free time to further explore the garden before lunch. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the frescoes in Waterperry House before returning home

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