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Hidcote Manor Garden


Wildlife & Gardens Experience

This beautiful Arts and Crafts Garden lies hidden away in the north Cotswolds. It is the brainchild of Major Lawrence Johnston and was established in phases during the early 1900s. It offers visitors a stunning visual journey. Hidcote Manor Garden started as a blank canvas subsequently Lawrence Johnston filled it with newly discovered plants found on expeditions around the globe. He consequently became known for his delight in hosting garden parties and his passion for sharing seeds and cuttings with friends. In 1948 Hidcote Manor Garden became part of the National Trust. It is grade-1 listed and was the first garden-only to be taken on by the trust. The use of past photography and written accounts means the garden is now cared for ensuring its legacy for future generations to enjoy.

As you explore, the gardens change. There is smaller, formal planting by the house, which evolves to more natural areas that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. The gardens were designed as a series of colourful ‘outdoor rooms’. A central axis runs both east and west and north and south. This creates corridors for the gardens, ensuring each one reveals its own personality and inspiration. Highlights include the Bathing Pool. You will hear the gentle tinkle of the fountain long before you spot this garden room. It is memorable for the tall box hedges with topiary birds that frame the steps down to the pool. The ever-popular Red Borders and Gazebos always come into their own during August and September, and for stunning views take in the Old Garden and the vista down the Long Walk. The perspectives for both are different but equally spectacular.

Visit the potting shed and see what the team is working on, browse the plant centre for inspiration and enjoy refreshments in Winthrop’s Café.

To note: There is a wheelchair-accessible route covering one-third of the garden. There is limited access for pushchairs and prams. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the garden, but there are dog-friendly walks in the surrounding countryside. Wear sensible shoes. Parking is on a pre-booking system. Please book in advance if you are arriving before 1 pm.

For a spot of tranquillity, visit the Bathing Pool Garden. While the pool is used for ornamentation now, it wasn’t always!

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