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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.

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Garden watch

  • A close up view of a snowdrop © NTPL/Stephen Robson

    Snowdrops

    Wander to the stream gardens and see the white carpet of snowdrops.

  • A close up view of a snowdrop © NTPL/Stephen Robson

    Crocus

    Purple and yellow crocus are flowering everywhere.

  • Daphne blossoming on the rock bank © NTPL/James Masters

    Daphne

    Don't miss the sweet smell from the daphne on the Rock Bank.

  • Hellebore happily flowering © NTPL/NT / Hannah Holohan

    Hellebores

    Spring has sprung now that our hellebores are flowering.

  • Winter Aconites bring a spot of colour © NTPL/Dawn Rayment, National Trust

    Aconites

    There's still time to see the aconites on the fern dell.

New guidebook

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

We're working hard over the winter to get our new look guidebook ready for the new season. With her life-long interest in gardens, renowned author Helene Gammack has been helping us to write the new guide.  All that's left to decide is what picture to use on the front cover.

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