Welcome to day three of our Cotswold trip. We’re headed to the village of Hidcote Bartrim near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. We must see Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain. Created by Lawrence Johnston, his name is linked with other famous English gardeners I have previously written about on this blog. Johnston was given the property, almost bare farmland, in 1907 by his mother. Over the next 40 years he created Hidcote Manor. The gardens surround the 17th century manor house pictured above.
The Pool in the Pine Garden
Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson at Sissinghurst Castle were designing gardens of hardy plants in a sequence of outdoor “rooms.” Johnston, dealing with a difficult site and open fields created a series of ‘rooms’ to protect the gardens. He planted box, hornbeam, and yew hedges and made use of stone walls to create his spaces. Please note that Johnston had no background as a gardener when he began Hidcote acquiring his skills along the way. He can inspire us to do the same.
Within the main garden we will find a ‘White Garden’ and a ‘Fuchsia Garden,’ the Red Border and much more. Some rooms have ponds and fountains, and all are planted with flowers in bedding schemes. Johnston’s ideas have been repeated in gardens throughout the world. For further information on Hidcote Manor. The photographs I have selected today are from my visit to Hidcote in 2000 on a garden tour. A tour that changed my life in many ways, and certainly influenced my writing life.