Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting EJ NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Ready for more visitors from Far East
12:00pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in News
HIDCOTE’S garden team is preparing for more interest from Japanese visitors after a successful trip to the Far East.
The Cotswold tourist hotspot is a favourite with visitors from Japan and the Hidcote team recently flew to the country to share their knowledge of English gardens with their comtemporaries on the other side of the globe.
As well as lecturing, Glyn Jones, head gardener at Hidcote, near Chipping Campden, took part in a garden show where he jointly designed an entry using English design ideas.
The garden was part of the Rose and Garden Show held in a baseball stadium in Tokyo.
Glyn said: “A well known Japanese gardener Kay Yamada was the principle designer and I worked closely with her to create a show garden based on the Arts and Crafts movement – taking a lot of ideas from Hidcote, it had mixed borders, with perennials and spring bulbs.
‘It was interesting to see the different styles of the other gardens there and the high level of care and precision shown by Japanese gardeners.”
The team have been going out to Japan for the past six years promoting Hidcote and the north Cotswolds as well as sharing their knowledge.
They now have links all over the world including Sweden and the USA and one of the team, Gordon Shanks, has been teaching at the Barakura school showing how to prune rose bushes.
Last year Bourton House Garden was filmed for a primetime TV series which was broadcast in Japan to 2.8 million people.