Sunday was a perfect day to visit Hidcote Manor Garden, which has been in the hands of The National Trust since 1948. With bottles of chilled water, a couple of ham rolls, a box of salad and some crisp green grapes to share (‘lashings of ginger beer, jam sandwiches, slabs of fruit cake and a bar of chocolate’, plus whatever Timmy used to eat?!) Mum and I were all set for a day out.
Meanwhile, elsewhere, a monster 10lb trout was caught and later bartered at the village pub for bottles of wine!
Hidcote is an extraordinary place to visit. I love the twists and turns, little paths and hidden corners. If you read and enjoyed imagining the Secret Garden when you were young, this is somewhere for you.
Here’s some information I’ve lifted from the NT website:
“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.” (Or are near enough to visit for a day.)
“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.”
I heard beautiful birdsong while I walked among these trees.
The sunny weather began to look very grim after lunch, rain clouds covered the sky above and we felt a few drops of rain. However it stopped after about three drops per head and returned to glorious sunshine. Happy days!
“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.”
You can enlarge the pic and read the gate’s sign. I took this photo with a specific friend in mind, she’ll know it’s for her!
This insect habitat shows what you can make from items lying around the garden, shed and greenhouse, rather than spending a fortune on ready made.
What a lovely day out. I really enjoyed returning to Hidcote. It’s not a place to visit once a year; as you can probably tell from the photographs, there are many, many other plants ready to spring into life. I’m told that going every four to six weeks is an excellent way to see the garden change. Ginger beers and jam sandwiches at the ready!
Have you visited anywhere lovely which you want to share? Add a link below. I’d love to read about your day.
This looks just idyllic. Those pinks lupins are just too much.
I have visited lovely places – but not today!!! You wouldn’t want to hear about the boring one I had :-)
I love Hidcote and did you know that many of the pics in Kaffe Fawcett,s books were taken there. What a shame no lashings of ginger beer ! Love your posts on places you go takes me back to our Oxfordshire days. Have you been to Minster Lovell?
Ooh thank you for that snippet of info Cathy – must get my Glorious Needlepoint out and see if I recognise any of the garden. So, was it at Hidcote that purple cabbages and coal edged some borders I wonder? (See quote I typed from the Bath exhibition)
How absolutely wonderful, and how extra nice to spend the time there with your Mum too! Thank you for such a lovely treat Rachel! xJoy
Looks like a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Liked the photographs and the literary references! Afraid I’ve only been to Winchester lately. Interesting but not as beautiful.
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Thank you for a lovely tour. I have a book about Hidcote and it is a place I woul love to visit. One day!
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