Tuesday, 17 August 2010

ABC Wednesday, E for English Country Garden





One of the truly great English gardens, created in Arts and Crafts style by Major Lawrence Johnston as a series of outdoor "rooms", each with its own character, separated by hedges and walls. The garden is reknown for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from across the globe. The outdoor "rooms" are planted with species that bloom at different times of the year, making Hidcote a year-round pleasure.

Major Johnson began his remarkable gardens at Hidcote in 1907, and continued expanding and improving the site over the course of the next 40 years. When he bought the manor at Hidcote with his mother, there was no garden at all on the site, just a few mature trees.



With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with E.

35 comments:

Dani said...

Excellent photos for the E day.

Thanks for the sharing.
Happy Wednesday!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures as always, Wil! What a lovely place! Would love to stroll there! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Shey said...

I can imagine myself taking a nice & relaxing walk here. Delightful snapshots!

By the way, thanks for dropping by & complimenting my blog page. I decorated it myself. Have a great day! :)

Riet said...

Hallo Wil ik zag je vraag aan Bram over Kastelen .http://kastelen.startpagina.nl/
Dit is een hele startpagina met van alles over kastelen. Kasteel van Rhoon gaan wij vaak naar toe. Is ook mooi met een bos erachter.
GRoetjes Riet

Gramma Ann said...

What a lovely English Garden. It reminded me of the children's book, The Secret Garden. It was a Excellence choice for E day.

The Weaver of Grass said...

There is no more perfect garden than an English Country Garden on a warm summer;s day Wil.

☺lani☺ said...

Enjoyable, love watching your English Garden!

Carver said...

That's an amazing garden. I love garden rooms and this is such a good example.

RuneE said...

Each country has its own variety when it comes to gardens too, end I share your enjoyment of the English variety. You have as usual captured the essence of your theme.

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful garden. I do love English gardens - just wish I could get mine like that :-)

Jingle said...

beautiful English garden images,
it brightens my day.
:)

Leslie: said...

I always enjoy coming to visit, Will. Loved this trip thru an English country garden, especially with such stirring musical accompaniment. Have a wonderful week. :D

Roger Owen Green said...

a lovely collection, as always, and a great choice. quite tranquil.


ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred and Charles said...

Enchanting - wonderful post and so beautifully accompanied by the music. Thanks for sharing.

Leo said...

lovely photographs.. the slideshow took a while to load, but its worth the wait :)


My ABC W E

Riet said...

ja arboretum trompenburg is zeker mooi. Ik ben er dit jaar al een paar keer geweest. Bloemenkassen zou ik nou ook niet weten. Als ze naar de bollen willen moeten ze in het voorjaar komen. De keukenhof is prachtig voor buitenlanders. Schoonhoven en natuurlijk kinderdijk is toch ook prachtig.

Arkansas Patti said...

Wonderful slide show and loved the various "rooms". Also really liked that peaceful pasture scene. Thanks for the tour.

George said...

This is a beautiful garden. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and interesting information.

ρομπερτ said...

What a joy for the senses !
Please have a good Wednesday.

daily athens

photowannabe said...

Very lush and full of color. I would love to talk a stroll there.

Gayle said...

There's something so quaint and peaceful about an English garden - always lovely to look at and enjoy.

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like a wonderful place. Thanks, friend.

Wanda said...

I would love to stow away for a long time in those gardens. So lovely.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, how beautiful that must be. I just let things grow but I've always yearned to have an English Garden (and gardener). :) Wonderful post.

Vicki Lane said...

Pretty much the quintessential English garden -- of which I can only dream!

Thanks for the lovely slide show, Wil!

Cheryl said...

This was the perfect place to stop and enjoy the scenery before tottering off to bed. I'll pick up my journey through the Es in the morning. Thanks for such a great post to end my evening.

Life with Kaishon said...

I have always thought Arts and Craft style was so lovely. I imagine a garden in that style would be perfectly pretty! : ) I always love your posts and look forward to visiting you each Wednesday : )

Etje said...

Daar zou ik wel eens een dagje in willen doorbrengen

jay said...

I have never been to Hidcote, but I think I would like to! I designed our garden with 'rooms'. There's a patio area, then a small lawn, then a perforated wall, and beyond that a larger lawn almost divided into two by a shed and tree screen. I'm very happy with it!

Love the pictures. :)

J - ABC Team

Etje said...

Kom hier gewoon effe langs om je een fijne en hopelijk droge donderdag te wensen

Marina said...

Waw!!! Amazing photo album!!!

EG Wow said...

I've heard of this garden and would enjoy seeing it in person some day! Love your slide show. :)

Cloudia said...

Sweet





Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

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Kay said...

It was so much fun to see all those gorgeous photos, Wil. Thank you very much for sharing them with us. I just love gardens of every kind.

Ann said...

I think the Dutch is prettier with all the flowers. We imported a lot of your flowers.