Hidcote Manor Garden is one of England's great gardens, famous for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world.
The 300 acre estate, comprising of farmland, the Manor and the hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim, was purchased in 1907 by Gertrude Winthrop, an American widow and her son, Major Lawrence Johnston.
Johnston began to create the garden from a ten acre field containing just a few trees. He divided the garden into a series of outdoor "rooms" using hedges and walls. Each room was designed to have its own special and unique character.
During the 1920s, Johnston travelled widely, taking part in many plant-hunting expeditions to China and South Africa. He carefully collected only the finest plants to bring back to his garden.
As well as developing Hidcote, Johnston also began to create another garden, "Serre de la Madone", near Menton in the South of France. He would spend the winter at Serre growing more tender plants.
Lawrence Johnston presented the property to the National Trust in 1948. He retired soon after to Menton, where he died 10 years later. He is buried next to his mother in the churchyard at Mickelton, just a short distance from the garden he created at Hidcote.
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Hidcote Bartrim, Nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR
Map reference: Lat: 52.08413 Long: -1.74344
Parking : free
Nearest station : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Honeybourne station
Suitablity for the Disabled: Limited. WC. Restaurant: Licensed.
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Approximately one third of garden accessible to wheelchair users.
Wheelchairs/scooters hired out on a first-come first-serve basis.