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 winter...

  • Don't miss the tree ferns wearing their winter clothes
  • Wander down the Winter Border and see the statues wrapped in their warm sleeping bags
  • Watch the gardeners carefully hedgecutting
  • See the thatchers working on the plant centre roof
  • Take a look at the structure of the garden - just as Johnston intended
  • Welcome our new Triad students from Japan

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.

Name that plant

Did a plant catch your eye when you visited? Not sure what it was? We can help.

Email us and a member of our gardening team will let you know what it is.

For best results:

  • Tell us where you saw it
  • Add some photos of it
  • Describe any special features like shape and colour

Our gardeners are great at identifying plants

Our gardeners are great at identifying plants

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