Hidcote The Making of a Garden

Author(s): Ethne Clarke

British Gardens | Garden History | Julie Wiltshire | Garden Writing


The garden at Hidcote Manor was created, from 1910 onwards, by Major Lawrence Johnston, an American who spent most of his life in England. When he first acquired Hidcote, he had nothing as a basis to his garden except one fine cedar tree and two groups of beeches. Hidcote Manor Gardens in Gloustershire is now owned by the National Trust. Ethne Clarke tells the history of the making of Hidcote garden and reveals material about Lawrence Johnston.

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This is a beautiful book, full of life and a story well worth telling. (Valerie Easton - The Seattle Times)

Ethne Clarke…has placed Hidcote in context, revealing the tastes of the time, the gardeners and plant collectors whom Major Johnston would have known and places he would have visited….Avid gardeners will savor the chapter titled ‘The Garden in Season’ that highlights the plants in each garden at Hidcote and ends with an impressive list of plant introductions by Major Johnston. After reading Hidcote: The Making of a Garden, I find it is clearly time for me to make another visit to see the great strides that Britain’s National Trust has made in restoring Major Johnston’s fabulous garden creation. (Charlotte Frieze - The Providence Journal)

[A]n enjoyable read, sort of a gossipy tell-all but factual, and with a good bit of garden design history. (The American Gardener)

[W]ould please any English garden aficionado….this new, revised version includes much more info on Johnston’s impact on landscape design in England. (Garden Design Online)

General Fields

  • : 9780718129385
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 176
  • : Colour photographs
  • : Ethne Clarke
  • : Hardback