Monday, February 22, 2010


The year 1907 seems remote: Queen Victoria has been dead for only six years, and two world wars and the great depression are yet to come.

Economists might remember The Panic of 1907, but some people, today, might remember 1907 as the year an American woman bought an estate in England, and the effect it had for garden lovers all over the world.

Mrs. Gertrude Winthrop an American heiress, bought the English Manor Estate Hidcote and her son Lawrence Johnston, a confirmed bachelor who served in the English army during World War I, settled here and spent 40 years developing Hidcote into one of the finest and most influential English gardens.
(Best to let The National Trust who was gifted the property in 1948, give a short history.)

It is interesting that it was an American who created this English garden treasure, and how it is an American photographer (UGAardener) who, more than any other photographer on the site FLICKR, has promoted English gardens.
He presents himself here.

His photos of Hidcote are excellent. Try clicking on the option "slideshow" for the best presentation. Below is the beginning photo of his set, the famous "Red Border" at Hidcote.
There are other gardens to visit. Check out his "Sets" and click on the garden you wish to see and use the option "slideshow" for the best presentation.

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