Hidcote has to be one of the most inspirational and studied gardens in the world. While studying Garden Design it was one of the first gardens that I look to for inspiration. It is England’s premiere example of an Arts and Crafts Garden. Hidcote’s own web site will give you even more photos to study for inspiration. The information below was provided by Wikipedia.
Created by American-born horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnston, it is often described as one of England’s great “Arts and Crafts” gardens with its collection of raretrees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.
Johnston’s mother, Gertrude Winthrop, purchased the Hidcote Manor Estate in 1907. The estate was located within a part of England with strong connections to the then-burgeoning Arts and Crafts movement.
Johnston soon became interested in turning the fields around the estate into a garden. By 1910 Johnston had begun to lay out the key features of the garden and by the 1920s Johnston had twelve full-time gardeners working for him.
The garden was acquired by the National Trust in 1947.
Johnston’s influences in creating his garden include such luminaries as Alfred Parsons, Gertrude Jekyll, and others. In 2007 a garden designed by Chris Beardshaw that drew its inspiration from Johnson’s Hicote was constructed at theChelsea Flower Show.
The garden takes the form of a series of outdoor “rooms” of various characters and themes created by the creative use of box hedges, hornbeam and yew and stone walls. These rooms, such as the ‘White Garden’ and ‘Fuchsia Garden’ are linked together, and some by imaginative vistas and furnished with topiaries. Some have ponds and fountains, and all are planted with flowers in bedding schemes. They surround the 17th century manor house, and there are numerous outhouses and a kitchen garden.