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Notice: Sunday 29 March: We're keeping a close watch on the weather forecast for Sunday. Wind speeds are currently predicted to exceed the safe limits for the garden. A decision weather we can open or not will be made by 3pm on Saturday. Please check our website or Facebook page before travelling.

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.

Go on a virtual tour of the garden

Garden watch

  • Enjoy beautiful floral displays at Hidcote © Phil Evans

    Primrose

    Our primroses are springing up everywhere.

  • The bright blue of the Scilla siberica brighten up the dullest day © Matt Batchelor

    Scilla

    Don't miss the vivid blue from the Scilla siberica in the Fuchsia Garden.

  • Daphne blossoming on the rock bank © James Masters

    Daphne

    The sweet smell from the daphne on the Rock Bank is unforgettable.

  • Daphne bholua blossom from the Lavender Lawn at Standen © NTPL/National Trust/David Levenson

    Daffodils

    Little pockets of bright yellow daffodils are popping up. Look out for them in the Old Garden.

  • Hellebore happily flowering © NTPL/NT / Hannah Holohan

    Hellebores

    Spring has sprung now that our hellebores are flowering.

New guidebook

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

On sale from May

We've been working hard to get our new look guidebook ready. With her life-long interest in gardens, renowned garden author Helene Gammack has been helping us to write the new guide. Packed with new photos and recently discovered facts, the new guidebook promises to be a popular read.

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