Ribbons of plants flow through the borders, creating a glowing tapestry of colour. Inspired by the colours of India, the garden descends in levels towards the Medieval landscape. Pettifers is one of the most influential gardens in England.

Gina explains how this lovely garden was designed and developed:

"In the summer of 1984 James and I moved to Pettifers, where the garden of 1.5 acres was waiting for us. Initially we began ploughing the land down the bottom, laying out the parterre, and learning as I went along.

"Influenced by Diane Binney of Kiftsgate, I made my borders wider and wider. She, and her sister Betsy, came over to criticise and advise. Over time my style was changing. Out went a lot of roses and shrubs, and larger drifts of plants evolved. In went grasses. My borders have to look good from April to November."

Gina and James have very kindly agreed to open their beautiful garden for Katharine House supporters. Numbers will be strictly limited to 25, with a guided tour of the garden and refreshments, along with the opportunity to meet Gina, included in the entry cost. After tea and cake, a visit to Brown Flowers and a complementary bunch of flowers to take home is included in your entry fee.

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"When I think about who has been most influential in garden design … today I think of Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse, July Toll … Gina Price – not a professional designer but a brilliant one." Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Gardens Illustrated

Private tour details

Date: 2 September 2022

Opening time: 2–5pm

Entry fee: £15 to include refreshments and a private guided tour by the head gardener, Polly Stevens and a visit to Brown Flowers to meet Anna Brown at her cut flower farm, see the dahlias in all their glory and take home a complementary bunch of flowers.

Directions/parking: travel up the A361 towards Daventry from Junction 11 of the M40. Wardington is on the A361, enter the village then turn right towards the church. Pettifers is the fourth house on the left with a wavy topped hedge and large blue gates set back. Polly will be outside to give parking directions. Post code OX17 1RU. 

Accessibility: the garden is on a slope with steps between levels. There is a hard pathway to the half-way point, with a grass path the rest of the way. The whole garden is wheelchair accessible although strength is required to push a chair back up the hill.

Dogs: not allowed.

Refreshments: tea/coffee and cake included in the entry cost.

Cut flowers: a visit to Brown Flowers nearby is included in the visit with a complementary bunch of flowers to take home.

Other Open Garden dates for your diary

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

Photography by Clive Nichols

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