Monday, April 9, 2012

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Manor Garden  Today's post is by special request.  As you look at the pictures, you can see why.  It's beautiful!  Hidcote Manor Garden is located in Gloucestershire, England.  It's a ten-acre garden that surrounds an old English Manor. 

  

The gardens were constructed in 1905 by American, Lawrence Johnston.  He came to England after his mother purchased the Hidcote estate.  Johnston had a fascination with plants, especially rare trees and shrubs.  He indulged his passion by creating a series of outdoor rooms using box hedges and stone walls.  Each room has a different theme.

 

As you stroll through the gardens, you'll see roses, dahlias, lilies, topiaries (with whimsical shapes like snails and birds), ponds, and fountains.  Allow yourself a couple of hours to see everything.

 

  The garden is open from late March to early November.  Hours are 10 -6  every day except Thursday and Friday.  Admission is 10.00 British pounds for adults, and 5.00 British pounds for children.

27 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to stroll through there! I'm intrigued by the ideas of different themed "rooms", and I've always liked topiary.

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    1. I think the "rooms" are really neat. It's fun to see the themes in all of them.

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  2. how utterly beautiful--i adore the bird!!

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    1. I like the birds, too. It's amazing how these topiaries can be shaped.

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  3. See what I mean ? Thankyou!! I love the room/space dedicated to a mother in law that has Mother in law's tongue in urns as you enter it!

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    1. This was a great suggestion for the letter "H." I'm so glad you requested it. I think a lot of people enjoyed seeing the pictures!

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  4. I have not a green thumb whatsoever...but I do love and can appreciate a beautiful garden. Love your theme and blog. :) Happy A to Z! :)

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  5. Oh my who keeps all that trimmed. They must have an army of gardeners. Very beautiful.
    dreamweaver

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    1. That would be a lot of trimming! I'm sure they have quite a staff of full-time gardeners.

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  6. I would love to see the gardens of England. This one is gorgeous!

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    1. England has some great gardens. I think it's because of all the rain!

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  7. I like the old manor too and would like tour that as well!

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    1. If you ever visit England, I would defintely see this place. The manor is pretty neat, too.

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  8. a Downton Abbey type moment. My neighbors across from me in Texas are originally from England and they have the most lovely roses. It has to be in their blood to garden as they do.

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    1. I wonder if your neighbors get frustrated with the hot Texas weather. It's a big change from England!

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  9. This one looks so gorgeous. Though I'm not much into topiaries, I love the neat manor English gardens!

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    1. I love them, too. It must be really tough, though to keep everything looking so neat and trim!

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  10. Visiting from A-Z. Beautiful garden post!

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  11. I love topiaries! I am returning your visit from the A-Z blog challenge!

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    1. I like topiaries, too. It's amazing how they can shape these things. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. wow it is like the book Secret Garden

    do check out my letters at GAC a-z

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    1. That's exactly what it's like! I''ll check out your blog.

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  13. I love the topiaries. And the roof on that house--it all makes for such lovely pictures.

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  14. I have a little topiary elephant. Someday I hope to get him some other friends.

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  15. How gorgeous. Sherry!

    What a work of art!

    Nature is so creative and beautiful!

    I would love to be there!

    I liked the bird sculpture!

    Thanks for the photo's!

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