|Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'|
" Johnston emerges as a stiff, formal, buttoned up, upper class English country
gentleman of his own invention" R. Strong
"I knew Johnnie Johnston for 30 years but I never knew him " Vicomte de Noailles
|Campanula latiloba 'Hidcote Amethyst'|
'I fear he is a waster' Gertrude Winthrop (mother)
|Sweet William 'Hidcote Red' Dianthus|
Career soldier-military service: Anglo/Boer War seeing action several times in the bloodiest battles known to man at that time; First World War, injured twice, once so badly his body was set aside for burial.
|Symphytum 'Hidecote Pink'|
'cosy, companionable creature' 'we share three passions...gardening, travelling and reading out loud'
'he is a good little man-that's why I like him' Norah Lindsay
'he was a decent sort of man....he would pat you on the shoulder and say it was good' (talking about work habits) Ted Pearce employed 53 years by L.J.
|Verbena 'Lawrence Johnston'|
Gifted Gardener and Horticulturist. Deeply loved
by all his friends. Inscription on grave
Not the social group one might expect for someone described as stiff and formal.
(collected on Johnston's plant hunting trip to China 1930)
Recommend reading Hidcote-The Making of a Garden by Ethne Clarke
Norah Lindsay: The Life and Art of a Garden Designer by Allyson Hayward