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Chris Dee
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Hidcote Manor Garden

Near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Flagship National Trust garden in the North Cotswolds. For what is considered to be one of the most influential and important English gardens, it's only fair to remember that it was pioneered by Lawrence Johnston (an American) and his mother. They moved here in the first decade of the last century when, in fact, Johnston became a British citizen. After purchasing the Hidcote Manor Estate, Johnstone became interested in transforming the fields into a garden. The National Trust refers to the garden as 'Arts and Crafts', although this does a disservice to Lawrence's careful planning and execution in terms of planting and design. He was thought to have had some architectural training and was certainly able to combine structure with experimentation.

The model and inspiration for his project was Gertrude Jekyll, who had developed the idea of a series of plants displayed in a series of outdoor garden 'rooms'. This remains the visitor experience at Hidcote to this day. There are few long views at Hidcote, you explore borders and smaller gardens - themed by colour or by tyoes of plants. It's a charming experience and the garden team work hard to maintain the range and quality of planting. Highlights include the long border, which hums and buzzes in the summer months. There's an extensive kitchen garden too.  

Hidcote is popular and can get busy (particularly given that some of the garden rooms are relatively small. If you can avoid Sundays and Bank Holidays. You might consider visiting Kiftsgate  Court Garden which is next door. 

Cotswolds Finest Hotels Nearby

Hidcote is near Chipping Campden, so head for hotels such as Cotswold House, Charingworth Manor or Three Ways House.

Hidcote Manor Garden

Near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
GL55 6LR

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