Hidcote Manor Garden

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This is a very famous National Trust Garden and as such was, as is to be expected, fairly crowded. Unfortunately as it was designed for the gardening pleasure of one man many of the paths are fairly narrow – in fact several are for one person only. This meant that we probably did not enjoy it as much as we had hoped. The idea of the separate gardening rooms is interesting, again the sizes of the rooms are no doubt ideal for one person but not big enough for crowds – I realise there is nothing the National Trust can do about this. Several gardens which have a theme – such as the rose garden – although pleasant had many plants in them that were not roses though this meant there was colour in all the beds. Some of the areas currently under renovation had more room to walk. The bathing pool was very green and I certainly would not wish to bathe in it!

On a different note, the summer house was lovely, the red border was gorgeous (though fenced off and seen from a path at right angles to it). There were several places to sit down and the plant centre had a good variety of plants. We enjoyed our visit but have been to other gardens which we preferred.

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