Garden

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Garden of rooms

The Fuchsia garden in September © Nick Daly

The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character. The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.

Triad Fellowship

Triad fellows spend time at different gardens learning new skills © Paul Harris

The new Triad project recruits experienced gardeners to spend four months in three of the world's leading gardens in Gloucestershire, the USA and Japan.


 

Cutting the hedges

A few of our gardeners at work at Cotehele, Cornwall © Paul Harris

We spend up to 4 days a week for seven months of the year cutting the 4.5mls of garden hedges. Our gardeners do all the cutting by eye, making it even more impressive a feat.

In the garden this autumn...

  • Don't miss the dahlias flowering until the first frosts
  • Wander down to the Wilderness and see the autumn crocus
  • Watch the gardeners harvesting in the kitchen garden
  • Hedgecutting starts with vengeance in early autumn
  • Keep an eye out for seed pods on the handkerchief tree

Who was the Quiet American?

Lawrence Johnston, an American ex-soldier, created the garden at Hidcote. Find out about this courteous and hospitable man, who narrowly escaped death in the First World War.

Plants from around the world

Passion for plants

The Old Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire © Brian & Nina Chapple

You'll see a richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote. Lawrence Johnston was passionate about plants. He went to endless trouble and expense to find unusual varieties that would bring colour, scent, shape and texture to the garden.

Plant hunting

Take in the scents of the Bathing Pool garden © Paul Harris

Johnston travelled a lot, visiting places as diverse as the Alps, South Africa and China. He also exchanged plants with gardeners in far-flung countries from Australia to Japan. He carefully selected only the finest plants for his garden.

Johnston's plants

Hidcote lavender in full bloom © Nick Meers

For all you plant lovers, here are just a few of the plants named after Johnston or Hidcote:

  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
  • Hypericum 'Hidcote Gold'
  • Dianthus 'Hidcote Red'
  • Fuchsia 'Hidcote Beauty'
  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Pink'

What, no labels?

Lawrence Johnston's Hidcote was private and secluded, not a botanical show garden. To keep his spirit alive, very few of the plants are labelled today.

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