By: Graham S Pearson
160 pages, 200 col photos, illus, b/w photos
Often described as 'the most beautiful garden in England', Hidcote is a jewel in England's horticultural history. The garden's creator, Lawrence Johnston, was inspired by many of the Arts and Crafts design ideas at the turn of the 20th century. From 1907 this intriguing American-born plant hunter transformed ten acres of Gloucestershire hillside into one of the world's most influential gardens, a complex mixture of hedged 'rooms' and vistas, lavish planting and simpler, informal areas. Today, it is one of the most popular gardens in the country, with over 130,000 people visiting every year. The book covers the history of this stunning garden, including its fascinating creator who fused planting ideas from various parts of the world while making Hidcote. In addition, Anna Pavord's text illuminates the garden as it is today with a wonderful literary and visual tour around the garden in spring, summer and autumn.
The garden at Hidcote is one of the most beautiful in Britain, yet the story has been hidden - until now. The Scotsman Magazine
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Graham Pearson has been working at Hidcote Manor Garden for several years, delighting visitors with his insight and knowledge of the place and encouraging all those who come to look deeper into its charms. Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of several books, including the internationally acclaimed bestseller The Tulip. As well as writing for the Observer for twenty years, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated.
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