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Inspiring Garden Design: Spring at Hidcote

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Looking back on these images has me thinking “how lucky was I?!” Early last May, I was in the Cotswolds happy beyond words to be experiencing such gardens as Hidcote that had been on my “faves list” for so many years.

Especially now mid-February, when my memories give credence to the fact that spring indeed is on the horizon…and hopefully, even earlier than last year if that sage groundhog is correct. How thrilled I am to have these images to reflect upon and even more thrilled that I will be returning to English gardens in late May. Perfect timing, as these images will attest. And on my visit to Hidcote, I also picked up some architectural details as inspiration (the fascianting gate and divine folly or potting shed)!

Enjoy les fleurs and my soliloquies on the magic of Hidcote in the spring.

Tulips were obviously the stars, gracing portions of almost every garden “room” for which Hidcote is best known.

Lilacs graced a circular “room” (a wonderful foil to the majestic Cedar of Lebanon in the background).

Soft green new growth lighting up a corner…

And the ages-old bird topiaries immaculately pruned in yew.

Even the clematis have a well-considered, painted metal tuteur.

In a post last year, I focused on Hidcote’s vistas as another signature feature of this garden. I’m sharing the most dramatic vista again to pass along an observation about garden designer’s of this era, like Major Lawrence Johnston, who created Hidcote from 1907-1920. They took to heart a bit of wisdom that advised…”indicate the vastness of one’s land holdings by sending long, straight avenues through it, reaching to distant horizons.” (English Gardens, from the archives of Country Life magazine).

Spring shall be along shortly…

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

4 thoughts on “Inspiring Garden Design: Spring at Hidcote

  1. I too was in Cotswolds, last June. I planned to be at Chelsea Flower next week. But plans changed for us all. And so, seeing your photos, reading your commentary, is a wonderful experience for me. It takes away much of the disappointment sting. I may not be alive next Spring and so getting these photos is especially nice here and now. Thank you.

    1. Oh Keith, your comment makes each long night writing blogs worthwhile!
      And you said it so well…taking awau much of the disappointment sting.
      So hoping that next spring you will be back in England…as I hope to be also.
      Be safe, stay well! xB

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