Waterperry Gardens hosts new series of BBC ‘Make it at Market’

Established by Beatrix Havergal, the Oxfordshire based Waterperry Gardens is the chosen location for the second series of the BBC show.

Stock beds at Waterperry Gardens
credit:Petra Hoyer Millar

Make It at Market pairs craft experts with budding entrepreneurs who are hoping to make a living from their hobby. The programme is hosted by Dom Chinea, known from The Repair Shop as well as his book “Tools A Visual History: The Hardware that Built, Measured and Repaired the World”. Filming started in July 2023 and the programme will be aired on BBC1 in November.

The heritage of Beatrix Havergal’s horticultural teachings remains at the core of Waterperry with its ‘living catalogue’ of herbaceous plants. The gardens are evidence of Beatrix’ horticultural virtuosity, in particular the classical herbaceous border which remains an object of admiration to this day. They grow 98 varieties of Symphotrichum at Waterperry, of which 42 feature in the famed herbaceous border. The gardens have been under the care of Head Gardener, Pat Havers for over a decade.

The 8 acres of landscaped ornamental gardens at Waterperry, including the plant centre, garden & gift and cafe/tea room are open all year round to visitors (apart from Christmas – New Year).