Show garden to celebrate Hidcote

Chelsea garden to mark centenary of Gloucestershire garden.

Television presenter Chris Beardshaw is celebrating the centenary of Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire by designing a 1930s arts and crafts-themed garden for Chelsea. Named 100 Years of Hidcote Manor, Beardshaw’s design is based on an oil painting by Hidcote’s creator Laurence Johnson. The painting features summer flowers in a vase and so Beardshaw’s Chelsea garden will also be full of colour. Beardshaw said: “Hidcote is such an iconic garden that this is an immense challenge for me and my team — it’s like recreating a Vincent van Gogh painting.” The garden will emulate Hidcote’s series of “rooms” — each of which has its own colour scheme and is “walled” by species such as holly, hornbeam, beech and yew. Hidcote was bought by the National Trust in 1948 and was the first garden it purchased.

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