To the manor born

See two of Bri­tain’s best

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - October Contents -

In the early years of the 20th cen­tury, when rich Amer­i­cans were keen to adopt the habits and sta­tus of English gen­try, they bought coun­try es­tates in Bri­tain. Hid­cote was one of them. Its new owner’s son, Lawrence John­ston, trans­formed the place into what is now one of Eng­land’s finest and most di­verse gar­dens. At age 77, John­ston re­tired to France, where he had an­other fa­mous gar­den. Hid­cote was ac­quired by the UK Na­tional Trust.

FIND OUT MORE Hid­cote Manor Gar­den is lo­cated in the vil­lage of Hid­cote Bar­trim in Glouces­ter­shire. For open­ing de­tails and direc­tions, visit na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/hid­cote.

Bright colours abound, es­pe­cially when shrubs like Rhodo­den­dron au­gus­tinii are in bloom. 3 Flower plant­ings in the bor­ders change sea­son­ally – here, lupins and aqui­le­gia hold court. It’s not all for­mal as wood­land ar­eas near the main gar­dens have a...

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