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I would just like to say what a beautiful garden this is. It was a most enjoyable time my husband & I spent. Also I took some great photos. It was a really good programme on BBC 2 this evening on Hidcote. Thank you very much
Was very disappointed. Albeit a dry summer, a hose could have been used occasionally, especially the white garden where plants were one removed from dying. People are paying to view a garden after all, not a house. It would also have been good, if the Trust spent a bit of money on plant signs. The giraffes dotted around looked ridiculous and out of place and the so called Rose Walk should be renamed Thistle Plant Walk. On a positive note the pigs were a nice touch though and the vegetable plot. The new pavillion was lovely and the garden in front of it looked fresh and watered. However the further you got from this area, the garden simply looked uncared for, most plants allowed to get far too leggy and weeds everywhere.
delightful, with some weaknesses. A must see despite crowds. Red border and white room are luxurious, wilderness area at end of vista bucolic whilst rock garden needs considerable attention.
After many years we eventually went to Hidcote but found the whole experiece rather depressing. The planting schemes were weak, little attention had been made of weeding and the only wow factor for us was astonishment at the brainwashed pilgrims we had to navigate our way around to get back to the car park. People have different tastes but most can agree on good quality, unless they are too busy flattering the king on his new clothes!!
I have been visiting Hidcote for over 3 years to make a video of this fantastic garden. The more you visit it the more you can appreciate Lawrence Johnstone's inspirational design and love of plants.
There is now a DVD available about Hidcote Manor Garden and its creator that is now part of a fundraising project. The programme is available from the garden shop or from my website.
Having caught the 'Johnston' bug I am now producing a DVD that looks at Serre de la Madone Lawrence Johnston's garden in the South of France. This will be available in early 2010 and again this will be used as part of the fundraising activities.
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Sorry this isnt a review BUT can anyone tell me when the white garden at Hidcote was planted up? Hope someone can help! peter
Hidcote is one of those gardens my garden loving friends tell me is a masterpiece.
Now reading the reviews from Adam Hodge and John Martin I can see both points.
I love the rooms, I love the cottagey feel. I've spent many hours sitting in the orchard enjoying a good book. In many respects its perfect.
So why only 4 stars? well I too feel a bit claustrophpbic. And you know what the damn place is too popular, the number of times in some of the rooms i've had to say "excuse me" "excuse me".
Its a lovely garden but I just wish less people visited it.
I heartily respect Mr Martin's opinion about Hidcote, and his analysis of its style is most helpful.
Permit me to admit my failure to appreciate the garden, compared to say Kiftsgate just round the corner, which definitely does it for me !
Nobody should be deterred from visiting Hidcote by the extraordinary review by Mr.Hodge. This is one of the finest gardens in England, the more so because it is cared for by the National Trust in a manner Major Lawrence Johnson would have approved. The style is an elaboration of the English Cottage Garden which is small scale, but the central axis allows a dramatic transition from the tightly planted 'rooms' to a broad vista over farmland to the Vale of Evesham. Wonderful.
I'm not quite sure why this place didnt agree with me..the design is, without doubt, busy with lots of 'rooms', each with its own character and lovely plantings , but I couldnt wait to get out. It was all so contained and..intense...no sense of space or openness
I'm sure this will illicit lots of scorn, which is fair game !