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Experience one of the country's great gardens
Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.
Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.
Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.
Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.
The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the Trust and rented out.
You can't miss the dahlias that are starting to flower.
Take a stroll to the Stream Gardens and see the beautiful lacecap hydrangeas flowering.
Look out for the fuchsias flowering near the bathing pool.
The waterlilies are looking great in the Lily Pool.
Got an iPhone? You can now explore Hidcote using our new free app. To use it, simply download the National Trust Gardens app from iTunes. Once loaded, choose to download the Hidcote Guide.
You can even download the app while you're here, using the free WiFi in Winthrop's Café.
6 - 28 September, 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).
The garden will once again play host to our annual sculpture trail. A stunning piece of modern sculpture is always around the next tree, hedge or pond. This years' trail promises to be the best yet with over 80 pieces on display. And best of all, they're all for sale.
Just ask our team at reception for more help or pointers when you arrive.
Normal admission charges apply
Artist in residence
6 - 19 September, 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm)
We're delighted to welcome back our artist in residence, Karen Bowers. Renowned local artist, Karen returns to exhibit her work following her residency earlier this year. Expressing her love of Hidcote, you'll almost be able to smell and hear the garden that she painted in before you experience it for yourself.
Free entry to exhibition