The beautiful Hidcote Manor houses and gardens of the Cotswolds are among the biggest draws of the English countryside for many visitors. One of the most beautiful and well tended is Hidcote Manor Garden, located near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. This stately English garden was actually created by an American expatriate named Lawrence Johnston.
Hidcote Manor Garden is best known for its layout of “rooms” which are interlinked together and feature beautiful hedges, shrubs, and flowers. The garden is currently in the care of the National Trust, and was originally inspired by the gardening work of Alfred Parsons and Gertrude Jekyll. Flowers and trees include hellebores, magnolias, narcissi, skunk cabbage, handkerchief trees, tulips, alliums, wisteria, and more.
When you explore Hidcote Manor Garden, you will explore “rooms” outdoors created by hedges, yew, hornbeam, and artificially constructed stone walls. The rooms each contain different flowers, herbs, and other plants, ponds, fountains, and other beautiful features. The gardens themselves are certainly the main feature of the manor and its biggest attraction, but there are other fun activities which you can also participate in while you are visiting. You can play tennis or croquet, hunt for insects, or learn about gardening in a family learning workshop. Classes are offered in tree climbing, and you can also embark on wildlife watches to see bats and other animals which come out around sunset.
More information at The National Trust Hidcote Gardens website