Spend a lovely afternoon in this north Oxfordshire village, which dates back to Saxon times. The village has a fine church dating back to Norman times and built of local Horton stone. The village is also unusual in having two manor houses.

Event details

Date: 26 June 2022

Opening time:  2-6pm

Entry fee: £8 entry; children under 15 free. Please book your tickets via the online booking at the foot of this page or pay cash on the day.

Parking: on the day specific areas will be signposted for parking.

Accessibility: wheelchair access is difficult as some gardens are sloping and have steps.

Dogs: assistance dogs only.

Refreshments: tea (orange juice and water for children) and homemade cakes available.

Plant stall:  there will be plants sold at some of the gardens together with a raffle at one garden.

Details of the gardens opening for Katharine House

There will be nine private gardens and a polytunnel open to the public showcasing the talents of Horley's villagers.

1. A relaxed farmhouse garden in the centre of Horley village overlooking the church that extends over an acre. The planting is informal in style with a long herbaceous border. The garden leads to an orchard with a vegetable patch and cutting garden.

2. This is a small garden with a moderate sized lawn the upper part of which has been allowed to grow wild from the Spring encouraging Yellow Rattle (to reduce grass height) as well as flowers and Umbellifers to flourish.  Wild orchids have been present and hopefully some will flower in 2022. 

3. A garden with clay-based soil of around half an acre that is southwest facing with views over the North Oxfordshire countryside. A project that began in 2011 with the clearance of overgrown shrubs and trees surrounding a westerly facing sloping paddock. A wildlife friendly garden, which isn't organic but chemicals are only used as a last resort. A mixture of lawn, wildlife meadow, herbaceous border and productive vegetable growing area. A wildlife pond is nearly completed, hopefully in time for this year's Horley Open Gardens event.

4. The garden has a generous lawn and well-stocked flower beds and established shrubs for all-year colour and additional privacy. There is a south-facing paved two-tiered patio area ideal for entertaining or relaxing. A greenhouse provides space for growing vegetables, flowers and general pottering.

5. This is a cottage garden with a large pond and waterfall and a large raised front garden.

6. This is a slowly evolving garden, which includes a kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, winter garden and an arched walkway with a lavender border.

7. Essentially aiming for the country garden look and is a project that is a work in progress. Large numbers of changes have been made over the years and different borders have very different settings in terms of sun exposure. It is a garden created to be relatively low maintenance while still retaining its charm.

8. The garden is approached by a gravel drive bordered by a laurel hedge on one side and a small lawn with hazelnut trees and shrubs on the other. The semi-circular lawn at the front of the house is bordered by a large herbaceous bed planted with perennials, shrubs and formal box herbs. Here the old stone terrace has beds of nepeta and a parterre of small yews and aromatic herbs. Another terrace (on the south western side) has two herbaceous borders, pots of agapanthus and oleanders, aromatic herbs and stone sinks with a variety of succulents and alpines. The terrace has attractive views and looks out onto a field that is home to grazing castlemilk moorit sheep.

9. Much of the garden is built on the old farmyard of Holly Tree Farm. Like many gardens in Horley, it looks out on the rolling Oxfordshire countryside and is designed to make the most of the view. Although still a work in progress, the garden has a combination of vegetable and flower borders as well as an orchard and a short woodland walk.

10. This polycrub was built during the first lockdown and is a polycarbonate polytunnel. It provides a sheltered growing space that allows all-year growing of salads, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cauliflowers and much more plus flowers. It is unheated but even in winter still provides something tasty and healthy to eat.

Other Open Garden dates for your diary

For other Open Garden dates, please see Open Gardens for Katharine House.

Book your tickets here

Children under 15 are free; you only need to book tickets for adults.

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