The final years of the School and beyond
The last decade of the Gardening School took its toll on the ageing Miss Havergal and Miss Sanders. Miss S died in her sleep at the age of 75 on 20th August 1970 and is buried in the churchyard at Waterperry. She is commemorated by a plaque in the church.
Miss H was desperate to secure a continuity for Waterperry and in 1971 put the estate on the market for sale. There was interest from the Subud group, who remarked at the time: ‘As one enters the gate, one knows that here is an enterprise which has been the long preoccupation of the past forty years of a group of devoted people. Every plant in the ground and in the greenhouses proclaim this loving care, this spiritual link with the soil. Waterperry is a place to love – it needs love and it gives it back’. However it was the School of Economic Science who eventually bought the estate, and from August 1971 the Waterperry Horticultural School for ladies was no more.
The new owners retained all the staff and continued the day courses established by Miss H which went on to form the basis of horticultural teaching which remains today. So her educational vision lives on.