Public invited to take a look around Whitgift’s beautiful 45 acre grounds this June.
Whitgift School is opening its gates for the first time this summer to take part in the National Gardens Scheme and Open Garden Squares Weekend. Visitors will be able to enjoy the School’s 45-acre, parkland site, which features historic buildings surrounded by a range of gardens, quadrangles and wildlife areas, including: a Tudor-style Founder’s Garden with maze; Water Gardens which are home to wallabies and exotic bird species; and the Andrew Quadrangle, featuring the School’s celebrated peacocks, a collection of bonsai trees, and a specialised Japanese Garden.
Whitgift’s Gardens and Grounds teams have been on a mission to make sure the School’s estate is at the forefront of excellence. Their dedication resulted in a gold medal, and being crowned overall winners out of 28 schools, at last year’s London in Bloom – Sow, Grow and Know competition. The judges proclaimed that the ‘horticulture and groundsmanship is of an exceptional high quality’, and that ‘Whitgift School is one of the jewels in the crown of Croydon, London and the South East’. Whitgift were also runners-up in the 2015 IOG Souters ‘School, College, University, or Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year’.
Head Gardener, Sophie Tatzkow, who has been at Whitgift since 2012, commented, “We are very excited at Whitgift to have the opportunity this year to showcase our beautiful grounds to the public. Since 2012, the Gardens team has introduced into the gardens approximately 15,000 plants - mainly herbaceous perennials and flowering shrubbery - as well as our annual display of approximately 12,000 bulbs each year. All in all, it is extremely exciting and rewarding to see the School’s gardens flourishing, and the whole team is looking forward to showing them off at these events.”
The public is warmly invited to explore Whitgift’s gardens on the following dates -
National Gardens Scheme:
Sunday 7 June 2015, 1-5pm
Admission on the door: £3.50 adults, children free
Open Garden Squares Weekend:
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June, 10am – 3pm
Admission on the door: £4 adults, children under 12 free
(£10 advance online booking for all OGSW gardens)
Afternoon Tea will be available to purchase within the Founder’s Garden. There will also be the opportunity to buy plants grown at Whitgift, and featuring in the grounds, of which the proceeds will go to charity.