It feels like ages since we visited Hidcote gardens near Chipping Camden in The Cotswolds, but it was only three months ago. Our two youngest daughters, who are twenty and eighteen years old, joined us. The attraction of a croquet set on the lawn and a tennis court they could use, was hard to resist. So while my husband and I enjoyed the impressive gardens at leisure, our two daughters were working up a sweat.
I loved Hidcote! It is one of the best gardens I have seen so far. It was originally made by Lawrence Johnston, an American garden enthusiast, in the Arts and Crafts style. Yew, holly & beech hedges define a series of garden rooms, like the white garden and fuchsia garden. There are fountains, a lovely folly with beautiful murals, a kitchen garden, a meadow of wild flowers and amazing views over the Vale of Evesham. When you haven't visited yet, you should. I think I may even prefer it over Sissinghurst! I came home with lots of ideas for planting schemes.
Which garden impressed you most?