Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Garden or Arboretum (6+ staff)

Winner - Hidcote Manor Garden, National Trust

National Trust, Hidcote

The National Trust’s Hidcote near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire is one of the UK's best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens. Designed by plant hunter Lawrence Johnston between 1907 and 1948 as a series of outdoor rooms to display rare plants he found in locations such as South Africa, China and the Alps, the garden's plant collection still contains many plants of national importance.  A relatively new garden team led by a new Hidcote’s last head gardener Sarah Malleson has ensured that the last two years horticultural maintenance and presentation standards have risen and flourished. This spectacular 20th Century garden, one of the Jewels in the National Trust's care, provides joy and inspiration to thousands of visitors each year.

Hidcote’s gardeners have developed areas of excellence in plant health, pest and disease checks, quarantine and integrated pest management, good composting regime in place and environmentally-friendly plant feeds to improve plant health across the garden our planting can thrive. The woody plants are pruned and mulched to create a fine structure and backdrop to the spectacular herbaceous borders. The hedge cutting is top class, defining the genius of the creator, Lawrence Johnston's layout of the garden. The team work well together presenting the garden to the highest levels of conservation and floral display. Whilst at the same time engaging with the thousands of visitors each year who flock to this internationally famous Grade I-listed garden. The garden team is conscious of not only presenting the garden to our visitors in its best light, but continuing the legacy of its creator. As the team said in its submission. "We are custodians of the garden for a short time, but in our care, if we continue to work to the standards we currently hold, the restoration of the woody planting, the creative and artistic herbaceous displays and the addition of rare and unusual plants from around the world, Hidcote will continue to delight and inspire who visit."

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