Hidcote Manor Gardens in Gloucestershire, is among the finest Arts and Crafts style gardens in the UK. It is was created by Lawrence Johnston and his mother Gertrude Winthrop.
Rooms and Views
Unlike the grand landscape gardens of an earlier age, early twentieth century gardens such Hidcote and Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, are much more intimate, being based on a series of outdoor rooms. Lawrence was a strong follower of the Arts and Craft movement, it’s influence is evident in the design.
The various rooms have names; the Circle, the Fuchsia garden, the Bathing Pool Garden, the Red Borders the Long Walk, the Wilderness, Mrs Winthrop’s Garden, the Pillar Garden and the Rock Bank.
It took nearly fifteen years to create, from the early 1920s until the outbreak of WWII, it was became internationally famous receiving and entertaining important visitors from across the world.
Hidcote Manor Gardens Today
The National Trust took over the garden in 1948, their first nationally important garden. The Trusts aim is to keep as closely as possible to Lawrence’s planting plan as in the gardens 1930s heydays. Their strategy works, it welcomes over 175,000 visitors each year.