Chelsea Flower Show Tour 2015
May 19th - 28th, 2015


May 27th

Our final touring day back to London will be to visit two more outstanding gardens.

Hidcote Manor Garden – Arts and Crafts in Style

Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It took Lawrence Johnston nearly 40 years to create his garden at Hidcote. He started it soon after his mother bought the estate in 1907 and it quickly grew to be his life's work - becoming one of England's most influential 20th-century gardens. Each of the garden rooms had its own character and atmosphere, with surprises and discoveries around every corner. Johnston followed the design principles of the fashionable Arts and Crafts movement. He intentionally made those areas close to the house formal in design and structure, with those further away more naturalistic. The architectural lines of the hedges and structures such as steps and pavilions show how Johnston was inspired by his many journeys to France and Italy. Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. We will be given an introductory talk before wandering this garden on our own. Café and shop. 

Mill Dene – Of Romance and a Stone Water Mill with Cream Tea

Mill Dene is a romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill. The garden is in the Arts and Crafts tradition, because after all, the village legend is that William Morris nearly bought the house all those years ago!

Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well as horticulturally excellent. Features of this 1Ha (2 1/2 acres) garden include a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and to nourish the senses. How to define it? An English country garden? Yes, but with fun and surprises. A most wonderful history surrounds this mill and Wendy Dare will share her story while we enjoy cream tea. Welcome to ancient Blockley as according to the Doomsday Book of 1086 there were twelve watermills. 

Afterwards we make our way to London Heathrow Airport and the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel for our final overnight before our flights out the next morning.  This hotel has pick up right outside the door on the hotel hop on buses…very handy and about 10 minutes to the terminal.

May 28th Day of Departure


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