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WATERPERRY GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Waterperry
Nr. Wheatley
Wheatley
OX33 1JZ

M40, Jct 8 or 8a. Well signed locally with brown tourist rosettes. For sat-navs please use OX33 1LA.

8 acres

Tel
01844 339226

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily (except 25 Dec–2 Jan), 10am–5.30pm (5pm Nov–Feb).

Admission

Non-member adult £9.50, Feb–Oct; £7, Nov–Jan.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) – applies Fri.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
School of Economic Science

Seven miles from the heart of historic Oxford lies Waterperry Gardens – eight acres of beautiful ornamental gardens with a fascinating history. Established as a School of Horticulture for Ladies by Beatrix Havergal in 1932, it is now also home to a plant centre, garden shop, art gallery, gift barn, museum and teashop.    

The gardens are extensive, well maintained and full of interesting plants. Much has been redesigned and replanted in recent years, with some fine formal features and pleasing plant combinations. The Virgin's Walk is a good place to study shade-loving plants, but the main feature of this area is a long classical herbaceous border brilliantly colourful from late May until October. The Mary Rose Garden, enclosed by yew hedges, illustrates both modern and older roses, and the formal garden is particularly neatly designed and colourful, with a small knot garden, herb border and wisteria tunnel. Nearby are some interesting ways of training apples and roses, but the main part of the garden is the extensive shrub borders, alpine beds and flower borders.     

Waterperry Gardens holds year-round events including outdoor theatre, concerts, art exhibitions and there is always something fun for the children to do in the holidays. Don’t go home without a bottle of the award-winning apple juice, made on site with apples hand-picked from the five-acre orchards and pressed using time-honoured methods.    

Please note: Dogs are welcome on site, but only assistant dogs in the ornamental gardens.

Plants of special interest

  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Topiary
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.