Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Sunset

Throughout the seasons many incredible things happen in the garden at Hidcote, but twice a year (April & September) the plants are outshone by something a bit different and utterly spectacular! Over the space of a couple of evenings, the Central Axis view ends with the sunset framed perfectly in Heaven’s Gate. It’s a real have-your-cake-and-eat-it moment, and another garden design masterclass courtesy of the Hidcote hero, Major Lawrence Johnston!
Unfortunately the garden is closed when this happens, and so very few people get to enjoy it. This is quite an irritating state of affairs, so this autumn we’ve arranged an evening tour for visitors who can come along and witness this rather magical occurrence.



 Two photographs taken last September (click to enlarge):


6 comments:

Diane said...

Wow, so this was designed this way? Fantastic planning. It reminds me of the way the Mayan people did things with the stars, lining windows and things up with them at certain times of years.

Your photos are lovely!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

Glorious! Thanks for sharing.
Julie

The Garden On Loch Ness said...

Gorgeous, nature enhanced by framing its beauty. Hope I get to visit one year and see it myself.

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Bertie, It is wonderful that you are opening the garden in the fall for visitors to enjoy this incredible phenomenon. I think something similar happens at Stonehenge. But, as a gardener, I would rather see this in a garden. P

Nancy said...

How lovely!

jayneonweedstreet said...

What a sight! I visited Hidcote in the 80's and it is a place I'd love to return to. ... it must be glorious to be ther on a regular basis.

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