Hidcote Manor Garden Essentials
- Where: Hidcote Manor Garden, Hidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR, England
- Phone: +44 (0)1386 438333
- Opening times: The gardens are open from the end of March to early November.
- March 24 to July 1 and during September, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , closed Thursdays and Fridays
- July 2 to August 31, 10 a,n, ti 6 p.m., closed Thursdays.
- October 1 to November 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Thursdays and Fridays
- Last admission, one hour before closing.
- See their Website for shop, and restaurant openings.
- Admission: £7.27, child £3.63, family £18.18
- Services for the disabled: There is a wheelchair in the house and two single-seater PMVs that can be booked. Some visitors may require assistance on the uneven, loose gravel paths in the grounds.
Getting to Hidcote Manor GardenBy car: Hidcote Manor is close to Mickleton, a village 4 miles northeast of Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds and 1 mile east of the B4632., off the B4081. If you use a satnav system, the OS map reference is 151:SP176429.
By train: Honeybourne Station is 4.5 miles away. Regular trains from London Paddington to Worcester, Hereford and Great Malvern stop at Honeybourne. The journey takes about 90 minutes.
Insider Tip: The garden gets crowded on bank holidays and in good weather and admissions may be limited. The garden is less crowded after 3 p.m.
The History of Hidcote Manor GardenMaj. Johnston's mother, Gertrude Winthrop, bought the Hidcote estate for her son in 1907. During the 1920s and 30s, Johnston worked with 12 full time gardeners to design and plant the garden. He was advised by many of the top artists and garden designers of the day including Alfred Parsons and Gertrude Jekyll. Johnston traveled the world in his search for unusual plants, participating in plant collecting expedions to the Swiss Alps, the Andes, South Africa, Kenya, Burma, Yunnan, the South of France, Formosa, the Maritime Alps and the Atlas Mountains. Johnston is known to have introduced more than 40 new plants to the United Kingdom. Many of them now bear his hame.
What to see at Hidcote Manor Garden
- The garden is arranged as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges. The different styles of the outdoor rooms reach their peak at different times of year, so there is usually something interesting to see.
- Old roses, rare shrubs and trees
- Stunning, almost painterly herbaceous borders.
- Cotswold panoramas across the Vale of Evesham
- Topiary, water and architectural features
- Crowded, abundant plantings alternating with calm, open areas.
- The Lawrence Johnston Centenary Exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary his association with Hidcote Manor in 2007.
Special events at Hidcote ManorPainters love the colors and textures of Hidcote Manor Garden. Enjoy a day of painting and a buffet lunch when the garden is closed to visitors. Have gardening lessons from the masters, participate in question and answer sessions with leading UK gardeners, or have dinner and a guided walk with Hidcote Manor's head gardener. Visit the Hidcote Manor website for a schedule of special events.
One of the Gold Medal Award winning gardens at the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show, The Chris Beardshaw Garden, was inspired by Beardshaw's time working at Hidcote Manor Garden and to celebrate Hidcote's centennial. Read about More Great English Gardens.