Hidcote Manor Garden
Near Chipping Camden
The signs to Hidcote Manor Garden near Chipping Camden in the north Cotswolds lead the visitor through twisting country lanes. Suddenly you are lead into what seems to be an old Cotswold farm. Nothing prepares you for the beautiful garden that hides behind the honey-coloured stone walls.
Hidcote is one of England’s greatest gardens and known as a ‘garden of rooms’. It is the creation of Lawrence Johnston, an army officer and self-taught gardener.
Although born to American parents in Paris, Lawrence was ‘essentially English’ in upbringing and character. He studied Classics at Cambridge before joining the British Army. He was so badly wounded in the First World War that he was laid out for burial. Fortunately his colleagues realised that he was still alive only after he moved slightly.
Hidcote farm and manor had been bought by his wealthy widowed mother in 1907 and Lawrence went there to live. He soon took up gardening and by 1918 the main outline of the garden had been formed.
A Unique English Garden of 'Outdoor Rooms'
Over 41 years he transformed the fields around the house into a unique English garden of ‘outdoor rooms’. Each room ‘decorated’ in the fashionable William Morris Arts & Crafts style combining sensuous masses of colour with traditional garden crafts such as topiary and water features. Each room has its own distinct atmosphere and character.
He employed 12 gardeners to help him with his creation, taking advice and reading extensively. Due to the garden’s exposed position on the hill, hedges of holly, beech, hornbeam and yew were planted for shelter and structure.
Some of the outstanding features of Hidcote are the Stilt Garden and the magnificent topiary. The Garden is famous for its rare shrubs and trees, excellent selection of old roses, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species from all over the world.
Another famous gardener, Vita Sackville-West of Sissinghurst Castle fame once wrote of Hidcote:
“This place is a jungle of beauty. I cannot hope to describe it in words, for indeed it is an impossible thing to reproduce the shape, colour, depth and design of such a garden through the poor medium of prose”.
Hidcote is a garden not to be missed.
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Hours & Admission Costs
Closed mid-December to end February. For open days and times go to website below.
Admission is Free to National Trust Members.
For entry costs for general entry, go to Web: Hidcote Manor Garden Entry Prices
Drop off point, gravelled courtyards and paths. Approximately 1/3rd of garden accessible to wheelchair users.
Gift shop. Garden Restaurant, Toilets and Baby change facilities.
Gravel paths make pushchairs and prams not suitable.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1386 438 333
- By Car from Moreton-in-Marsh
Take the A44, Moreton-in-Marsh to Evesham highway, at Willersey take the B4632 north to Mickleton and then follow the direction signs to Hidcote Manor Garden.
There is a comprehensive map and instructions at Web: National Trust/ Hidcote Manor Gardens 'Getting There'
Google Map - Hidcote Manor Garden