Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Manor Garden is a manor house and gardens run by the National Trust. The early 20th century gardens, designed as a series of outdoor rooms, are the best in the Cotswolds. There is a good "ha-ha" - a ditch constructed in such a way that it keeps the animals in their field, but you do not see a fence or wall, so it does not spoil the view in the garden. There are walking/hiking trails that start from the car park. Have a picnic on the grounds - there is a pretty picnic area near the car park - or go to the tea room. Hidcote is located near the market town of Chipping Campden and Kiftsgate Court Garden is nearby.
Location: England - Gloucestershire - Chipping Campden
Tags: National Trust
Website: Hidcote Manor Garden
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
The Hidcote gardens were created by the American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston using plants he found on his trips to other countries. The garden was started in 1907, after Johnston's mother purchased the estate, and he spent over 40 years working on it. It became his life's work and was one of England's most influential 20th century gardens. Johnson gave his house and garden to the National Trust in 1948 and it was opened to the public in 1949. He died ten years later and is buried next to his mother in the churchyard at nearby Mickleton.