Major Lawrence Johnston, an American born in Paris, France, was the creator of Hidcote Manor Garden. His mother, Gertrude Winthrop, acquired the Hidcote Manor estate in 1907, and by 1910, Johnston began to turn the surrounding farmland into what was to become Hidcote Manor Garden.
A classic example of the Arts and Crafts style, Hidcote Manor Garden consists of a series of outdoor 'rooms' enclosed by hedges and connected by vistas. Each 'room' has a distinct quality with the plants being organized mainly by color, texture, and flowering season.
Johnston filled Hidcote Manor Garden with many exotic and rare plants. He participated in a variety of plant hunting expeditions around the world. As a result, approximately 40 new plant species were brought to the United Kingdom by Johnston.
Although Johnston was an avid planter, he did not keep records on Hidcote Manor Garden and no original plans have ever been discovered. The National Trust acquired Hidcote Manor Garden in 1947 after Johnston retired to France.
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