Several friends from our days when we lived in Hertfordshire were holidaying in the Cotswolds this week, and they very kindly invited us to join them for dinner at their hotel one evening.
We decided to have a whole day out and renew our acquaintance with Hidcote Gardens, somewhere we have not visited for many years.
The garden was created by American horticulturalist, Lawrence Johnston during the early 1900s, and is described as one of England's great 'Arts and Crafts' gardens. Johnston was born in Paris (1871) into a wealthy American family, and was educated at home and then in 1893 at Trinity College, Cambridge University.
The garden is in a series of outdoor 'rooms' of various characters and themes achieved by the creative use of box hedges, hornbeam, yew and stonewalls, all linked together by imaginative vistas.