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February 12, 2014

Hidcote Manor Garden

Here is another garden we will be visiting on our English garden tour this summer. It was a cloudy day with intermittent rain. We had the place to ourselves.

Hidcote is a remarkable garden designed my Laurence Johnston. He was and american born in Paris in the late 19th century. His mother purchased this property for him in the hopes that he would become a farmer. He instead traveled the world and created this amazing 19 acre series of garden rooms. He never married, which had me asking the docents about his sexuality. I never got a definitive answer. Johnston was responsible for numerous plant introductions including Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' which I planted last week in Glen Park.

We will be visiting this garden on the same day as Kiftsgate on our tour this coming july. Mid-summer should be fantastic with all the dahlias, roses and summer annuals going off. Hidcote was the first garden acquired by the National Trust solely for it's garden.

We have two spots remaining on our tour July 11-18th 2014. Click here for the itinerary.

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