This view of an arts and crafts garden show the house being embraced by the plantings.  Though carefully planned and maintained, the result looks romantic and carefree.   Hidcote , Gloucestershire, UK. 1920's.

This view of an arts and crafts garden show the house being embraced by the plantings.  Though carefully planned and maintained, the result looks romantic and carefree.  Hidcote, Gloucestershire, UK. 1920's.

The industrial revolution - marking the separation between consumer and producer - gave birth to the arts and crafts movement that championed a return to design and craftmanship.  The arts and crafts garden represents an extension of this philosophy.  In execution, this garden style combines contrasting formal hard-scape with effusive informal plantings.  Hedges and walls create intimate themed garden rooms close to the house.  Orchards and meadows exist further from the house.  More a philosophy than strict style, the arts and crafts allows the gardener a lot of freedom of expression.   Advocates included garden writer Gertrude Jekyll, and gardeners Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson, and Lawrence Johnston, who created the tour-de-force gardens at Sissinghurst and Hidcote.

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