To the manor born
See two of Britain’s best
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...