Horley Village Open Gardens - 30 June Spend a lovely afternoon in this north Oxfordshire village which dates back to Saxon times. The village has a lovely church which dates back to Norman times and which is built of local Horton stone. The village is also unusual in having two manor houses. There will be seven private gardens open to the public showcasing the talents of Horley's villagers: 1. Wood Cottage, Hornton Lane. The work was begun on this 1/2 acre garden in development in Sept 2011. The garden now comprises a productive vegetable garden, established in 2012-2014, with hedges for shelter, and herbaceous borders. The garden will be undergoing further structural development and a new pond, so it's a great one to visit if you are planning improvements to your own garden. 2. Holly Tree Farmhouse, Hornton Road. A relaxed farmhouse garden overlooking the church. Planting is informal with a long herbaceous border, and an orchard with wild flowers. there is also a vegetable patch and cuttings garden. 3. Rowarth House, Church Lane. This former village rectory, has a garden bounded by stone walls. Since its former use as a rectory, the garden has been redesigned and includes lawns, borders, paved areas, a vegetable garden and an area of interest to children. The garden to the side of the house has numerous fruit trees, including a very old pear, and a fruit cage. This garden is at the highest point in the village and has great views to the west across the valley. 4. Park House, Hornton Lane. This garden has been established over the last 10 years and includes a formal parterre comprising box borders, fuchsias, roses and a pond. There is also a large cherry tree with shade tolerant planting. The main garden contains a lawn, with borders, a vegetable garden and hedges, and a paved area with citrus and olive trees in pots. 5. The Barn, Old Manor Court, Little Lane. Having spectacular views over the surrounding farmland this garden was landscaped in 1993 and has large lawns and well stocked flower borders giving colour year round. A large cast iron pergola has been recently added which supports climbing roses and clematis. there is also an ornamental kitchen garden which mixes fruit, vegetables, flowers and shrubs offering not only food for the table but also a feast for the eyes. 6. The Lawn, Wroxton Lane. Contains lawns bordered by laurel and hazel trees. A large herbaceous bed with perennials, shrubs and box balls. An old raised stone terrace has beds of Nepeta, Agapanthus, boxes and a parterre of small yews and aromatic herbs and the western side of the garden a further terrace has beds of herbs and stone sinks with alpine succulents. The garden looks out on to a grazing field with Castlemilk Moorit sheep. 7. Horley Manor, Little Lane. Three walled gardens, one containing a traditional herbaceous border. Early summer colour is provided by peonies, tree peonies, clematis and climbing roses and the garden contains very old wisterias and magnolias. Three of the gardens will have refreshments available and there will be plants for sale.