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Beatrix Havergal established the School of Horticulture for Ladies at Waterperry in 1932 and ran it until her retirement in 1971, having trained generations of gardeners. Pat Havers grew up at Waterperry, joined the garden as an employee in 1997 and became head gardener in 2013, having done her training “in-house, The Waterperry Way”, she explains. “My childhood was spent around Beatrix Havergal and the amazing ladies, so I

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