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It's rare to find two spectacular gardens as close together as Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manor Gardens, but Heather Muir, who began work on the Kiftsgate gardens in 1920, was a close friend of Major Lawrence Johnston, the creator of Hidcote. Kiftsgate benefited from Johnston's plant-hunting expeditions to Japan and China. Kiftsgate sits atop the Cotswold Hills, and from the terrace there are spectacular views to the Malvern Hills. A splendid rose, 'Frühlingsgold', which blooms magnificently in June, guards the garden's edge. In springtime the White Sunk Garden is a mass of flowering bulbs. Among the white roses is Rosa sericea, 'Heather Muir', a single, early-flowering shrub that grows up to 12 feet in height. But the glory of the rose border is the striking Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate', a white rose which, when last measured, was 80 feet by 90 feet with a height of 50 feet.
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£8.50 (ch £2.50). Groups 20+ £7.50
Open Apr & Sep, Sun, Mon & Wed 2-6
May-Jul, Sat-Wed 12-6
Aug Sat-Wed 2-6
Average visit 1.5hrs
Dogs not allowed in the garden
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
Very steep banks mean only top garden accessible
0.5m S off A46, adjacent Hidcote NT garden