Little cuties

Joanna Jones has been out and about, and last week visited Waterperry Gardens, holders of the National Collection of Saxifraga subsect. Kabschia & Engleria. 

For those unfamiliar with these little gems, it is well worth a visit.  The Saxifrage weekend is this weekend 24th/25th March  (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Waterperry is located 7 1/2 miles from Oxford city centre and well signed. There’s a lot to see and take in (the classical herbaceous border, lily canal, island beds, tearoom, plant and gift shop and wonderful art gallery).

But the fascination, for me, is its deep history, as it was founded as a school of horticulture for ladies by Beatrix Havergall in the 1930’s.  One of her trainees, Mary Spiller, is still very much in evidence and is around most days sharing her wealth of knowledge.

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