Garden Portrait: Hidcote Manor

One of England’s most influential 20th century gardens, Hidcote Manor is situated in the northern Cotswolds close to Chipping Campden. At heart Hidcote is a plantsman’s garden and owes its plant collection to its creator Lawrence Johnston, an American who moved to Hidcote in 1907 with his mother, Mrs Winthrop. Johnston was foremost a botanist and plant collector. At present the National Trust are undertaking a project to restore the gardens to what Vita Sackville-West described as “a jungle of beauty”.

The first time we visited this garden was in July when the roses and lilies were predominant. The Plant House was open to the elements and the wicker chairs entice you to sit and contemplate for a while. Seeing the elderly in their straw hats you could almost imagine yourself to be back in the Edwardian period. The grounds do get very busy as coaches come here from all over the country, but especially day trips from London. The good news is that they remain open until 7 p.m. in the summer so if you are travelling independently then my advice is to stay until late – that way you can see the gardens without the crowds. Our second visit was the beginning of June after a very cold spring and the gardens were quite different then. The colours were mostly pink and purple with alliums, lilacs, irises and peonies most prominent.

The gardens are spectacular – with lots of ‘rooms’ such as the White Garden, the Maple Garden, the Old Garden and the Pillar Garden and between them you have the borders. Don’t miss the Long Walk – at the end you have glorious views over the Cotswolds. And don’t forget the Long Borders.

(click on a photo to take a walk through the gardens with me)

  • Street:        Hidcote Bartrim
  • Postcode:   GL55 6LR
  • City:            Chipping Campden
  • County:      Gloucestershire
  • Country:    United Kingdom
  • Website:    Hidcote Manor and Gardens

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Robbie says:

    I could get lost in here for hours, give me a cup of tea, a good book and a place to sit and I will never leave…truly inspirational!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a great garden. Lots to see, beautiful planting themes. Find a quiet corner, or sit in the Plant House – a perfect spot for reading. I only wish it were closer to me.

  2. restlessjo says:

    I was there a long long time ago, Jude. Nice to see it again through your eyes. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Has it changed much Jo?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Nothing obvious. The planting, but otherwise it’s much as I remember. 🙂

  3. Dina says:

    Wow, how gorgeous, Jude! I do sincerely hope to go there this or next year. GREAT post, the first photo is absolutely smashing.
    Dina xo

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah yes, wisteria and clematis and purple! My favourite climbers! Hidcote is a top garden; if you do go there then also make time for Kiftsgate nearby – that is stunning too and designed by women gardeners.

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I was also there more years ago than I care to remember and pre digital cameras, beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Worth re-visiting – and popping into Kiftsgate next door. Now that is a lovely natural garden created by women.

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