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The Cotswald's inspiring Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote has been returning the gardens to how they looked in the 1930s; funding came from an anonymous donor who made two large donations in 2002 and 2005 on the understanding that the National Trust would provide matched funding

Hidcote has been returning the gardens to how they looked in the 1930s; funding came from an anonymous donor who made two large donations in 2002 and 2005 on the understanding that the National Trust would provide matched funding

Lawrence Johnston, acting on behalf of his mother, agreed to purchase Hidcote Manor Garden for £7,200 in 1907; as there was little existing garden, Lawrence effectively had a blank canvas to work with

Lawrence Johnston, acting on behalf of his mother, agreed to purchase Hidcote Manor Garden for £7,200 in 1907; as there was little existing garden, Lawrence effectively had a blank canvas to work with

Lawrence's search for plants took him to the Alps (1922), South Africa and Zimbabwe (1923), Kenya (1929) and China (1931); it would have been helpful if more of the plants had been labeled

Lawrence's search for plants took him to the Alps (1922), South Africa and Zimbabwe (1923), Kenya (1929) and China (1931); it would have been helpful if more of the plants had been labeled

Experts warned Johnston that the soil was all wrong, the site - high on the Cotswolds escarpment - was too exposed to wind and harsh weather

Experts warned Johnston that the soil was all wrong, the site - high on the Cotswolds escarpment - was too exposed to wind and harsh weather

The 1920s and 1930s were Hidcote’s glory days attracting many well connected people interested in gardening and widespread critical acclaim; it was also open to the public for charity on two or three days each year

The 1920s and 1930s were Hidcote’s glory days attracting many well connected people interested in gardening and widespread critical acclaim; it was also open to the public for charity on two or three days each year

Johnston sponsored plant hunting trips to the Andes (1923), China (1931), Taiwan (1932) and the Appalachians (1933); Johnson became a naturalized British citizen in 1900

Johnston sponsored plant hunting trips to the Andes (1923), China (1931), Taiwan (1932) and the Appalachians (1933); Johnson became a naturalized British citizen in 1900

The 17th century manor house had just a couple of rooms open; it was fairly crowded despite being off-season with admission to the property roughly $16

The 17th century manor house had just a couple of rooms open; it was fairly crowded despite being off-season with admission to the property roughly $16

Hidcote Manor Garden is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain; it is near Chipping Campden in the Cotswalds

Hidcote Manor Garden is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain; it is near Chipping Campden in the Cotswalds

The gazebos, built in 1915, offer a place to rest to enjoy some of the best views in the garden; I enjoyed the peace and beauty of the many gardens we visited

The gazebos, built in 1915, offer a place to rest to enjoy some of the best views in the garden; I enjoyed the peace and beauty of the many gardens we visited

The Long Walk presents one of the best views at the 10.5 acre garden; Hidcote's gardens have various characters and themes, achieved by the use of box hedges, hornbeam and yew, as well as stone walls

The Long Walk presents one of the best views at the 10.5 acre garden; Hidcote's gardens have various characters and themes, achieved by the use of box hedges, hornbeam and yew, as well as stone walls

The Bathing Pond was actually initially used for that purpose (I guess like a swimming pool); Hidcote was the first garden of national importance taken on under the Gardens Fund at the National Trust

The Bathing Pond was actually initially used for that purpose (I guess like a swimming pool); Hidcote was the first garden of national importance taken on under the Gardens Fund at the National Trust

Today income generated by approximately 175,000 people who visit Hidcote every year ensures the garden is maintained to a high standard, and that the beauty that Lawrence Johnston created between 1907 and 1948 will be preserved for future generations

Today income generated by approximately 175,000 people who visit Hidcote every year ensures the garden is maintained to a high standard, and that the beauty that Lawrence Johnston created between 1907 and 1948 will be preserved for future generations

In 1919, Gertrude (Johnston's mother) bought another farm, enlarging the garden to the current boundaries; this period saw the extension of the Long Walk and the creation of the Wilderness, Mrs Winthrop’s Garden, the Pillar Garden and the Rock Bank

In 1919, Gertrude (Johnston's mother) bought another farm, enlarging the garden to the current boundaries; this period saw the extension of the Long Walk and the creation of the Wilderness, Mrs Winthrop’s Garden, the Pillar Garden and the Rock Bank

An American, Lawrence Johnston, and his mother bought Hidcote in 1907 and by 1910 he had begun to lay out the key features of the garden; in the 1920s he had twelve full-time gardeners working for him

An American, Lawrence Johnston, and his mother bought Hidcote in 1907 and by 1910 he had begun to lay out the key features of the garden; in the 1920s he had twelve full-time gardeners working for him

Johnston, the well-educated heir of a Baltimore stockbroking family, became a British subject after graduating from Cambridge and enlisted in the military to serve in the Second Boer War

Johnston, the well-educated heir of a Baltimore stockbroking family, became a British subject after graduating from Cambridge and enlisted in the military to serve in the Second Boer War

The Pillar Garden, comprised of towering yew trees, was created in 1923; the garden houses 22 yew pillars set over 3 terraces which creates the effect of entering three different gardens

The Pillar Garden, comprised of towering yew trees, was created in 1923; the garden houses 22 yew pillars set over 3 terraces which creates the effect of entering three different gardens

The Beech Allee would be gorgeous in the fall; Johnston was known to have introduced more than 40 new plants to the United Kingdom

The Beech Allee would be gorgeous in the fall; Johnston was known to have introduced more than 40 new plants to the United Kingdom

Hidcote had a tennis court but the surface is more reminiscent of a parking lot than a tennis court; it was also very easy to lose the balls in the bushes

Hidcote had a tennis court but the surface is more reminiscent of a parking lot than a tennis court; it was also very easy to lose the balls in the bushes

Hidcote is an iconic example of an English Garden and became very influential in garden design and plant collecting; starting in 1922, Lawrence took part in a series of plant hunting expeditions

Hidcote is an iconic example of an English Garden and became very influential in garden design and plant collecting; starting in 1922, Lawrence took part in a series of plant hunting expeditions

In 1948 Johnston deeded Hidcote Manor Garden to the National Trust; he also constructed a garden at a property he bought near Menton, France

In 1948 Johnston deeded Hidcote Manor Garden to the National Trust; he also constructed a garden at a property he bought near Menton, France

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