Wednesday 23 May 2018
A journey through the picturesque Cotswolds will take us to these two magnificent but very different gardens. They are only minutes away from each other so it means that you can decide how much time you want to spend in each garden and where you would like to have lunch. Once Kiftsgate opens at 12 noon, you are free to enter.
Hidcote Manor Gardens: An ‘Arts and Crafts’ masterpiece, Hidcote consists of a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each with a different character and each peaking at different times of the year. The garden is famous for its rare shrubs, trees and unusual plant species from all over the world. Here, you can explore and discover secret gardens and magnificent vistas linked by narrow paved pathways. Plants bursting with colour come from far and wide, some collected by Johnston himself on his many plant hunting trips. Lawrence Johnston was passionate about plants and he created the garden at Hidcote. Johnston went to endless trouble and expense to find unusual varieties of plant life. The Garden Restaurant, and the Thatched Barn Café, serves snacks and lunches. There is a Plant Sales Centre in both gardens and a large boot on the coach!
Kiftsgate Gardens: Opens at 12 noon. The next-door neighbour to the more well-known Hidcote, this 20th century garden is blessed with colour and is a complete contrast to Hidcote. Privately-owned, and lovingly tended over the years by three generations of women gardeners, all of whom have left their mark.It is a joy to behold. I am hoping that we have timed it right to see their collection of peonies, in amongst the flowering trees and shrubs and their wonderful herbaceous borders. The restaurant is known for its high quality meals and snacks using locally-grown produce, whenever possible.
The coach will leave Shrewsbury at approximately 8.45am and return to Shrewsbury 6.30pm (Exact timings will be confirmed a week before travel). The cost for the coach, entry into Kiftsgate & Hidcote is £54.50 and for NTM £42.50 .A £15 non-refundable deposit pp when booking, please.