Lawrence Johnston

(1871—1958) garden designer and plantsman

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(1871–1958), garden owner and designer. He was born in Paris to American parents, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and took British nationality. He fought in both the Boer War and the First World War, rising to the rank of major. Living at Hidcote Manor from 1907 he made one of the best, and most influential, English gardens of the 20th century. He also had a hand in designing the garden of his neighbours Mr and Mrs J. B. Muir at Kiftsgate Court. From 1924 he also made a garden on the French Riviera at Serre de la Madone at Menton. In both his gardens he displayed a very strong sense of design and skilful plantsmanship, especially in view of the radically different climates of the two gardens. Johnston, alas, never wrote about his gardens and remains an enigmatic figure, very little having been written about him in his lifetime.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

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