Waterperry Gardens – the Waterperry Obelisk, Alpine Garden, Virgin’s Walk, Plant Centre, a little shopping in the Gallery and a last look at the Delphiniums….

The Waterperry Obelisk Designed and carved by Simon Buchanan, the obelisk is the brainchild of the School of Economic Science who own Waterperry Gardens. They commissioned the work so visitors have a greater understanding of the philosophical principles of the School by expressing a common aim of members. The obelisk is similar to those of…

Waterperry Gardens – a gnome and a rather fabulous Family Apple Tree…

There are five acres of orchards at Waterperry, dating back to Miss Havergal's School of Horticulture, holding a collection of more than 60 different varieties of apple, including more unusual types like Ashmead's Kernel, Orleans Reinette and Kidd's Orange, as well as old favourites like Egremont Russet. Plums and pears are also here - Marjorie's…

Waterperry Gardens – the Island Beds – the most sublime, subtle and stunning combinations

Designed by nurseryman Alan Bloom in 1968, the island beds were an innovation on the traditional idea of herbaceous borders, in that the beds are of an informal shape with planting viewed from all sides. Being able to walk through the heart of these displays is a real treat and there is nothing at all…

Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford – first up, a glorious 60m herbaceous border…

Waterperry Gardens has been on my radar for a long time now, but this is my first visit - a perfect break in the drive home from Stoneleigh Park near Coventry and a few hours at the Horticultural Trades Association Plant Show  (the best of the plant nurseries from throughout the UK showcasing their wares…