Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire was purchased, as a farm, in 1907 by Gertrude Winthrop, a widow. After serving in the First World War her son Major Lawrence Johnston took over the house and devoted his time to creating the great garden at Hidcote.
When he first acquired the property, there was no garden at all, just a few fine trees. Hidcote is well known for its series of “outdoor rooms”, each with a different character and separated by walls and hedges of many different species, the garden is famous for its rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species from all over the world.
His ideas were entirely original, though possibly influenced by French garden layout and English garden style. He had been born in Paris of an English mother and American father. He personally collected many plants from Africa and China on a plant expedition in 1927. His many gardening friends also sent plants to Hidcote from all over the world.
I was asked to examine some fragments of paint that had been removed from the Plant Shelter and other structures in the Garden. It had been noticed that a green colour was visible under the “Hidcote Blue” currently employed. I was able to confirm that this was yet another example of the phenomenon seen when a Brunswick green paint ages – the green becomes blue. I have called this the “Penrice Effect” after the house – Penrice Castle where I first encountered it.
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Dec 8th, 2010 | Patrick | Exterior | National Trust | Portfolio | 3 Comments