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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
In the Spring of 1945, Christopher Honeycutt was twenty years old when he was hired on as the Under Gardener at Houghtlin Hall. He’d come from the village, a farmer’s son who at an early age showed an aptitude for plants and hard work. Accepting of his station in life, this quiet lad recognized the great opportunity he was being offered. Twenty-five years later the evolution of the garden would have been unrecognizable to Mr. Todd, the Head Gardener who had hired Christopher. Houghtlin Hall became part of the National Garden Scheme, visitors coming from near and far.
No one noticed or seemed to care how much time the youngest daughter of the hall, Constance, spent following Christopher around, getting her hands and clothes dirty while learning to divide and stake plants, plant young saplings, and prune roses. Constance fell in love with gardening and with Christopher, in that order. When Lord and Lady Houghtlin were killed in a road accident several years later, the Hall was left to Constance, the sole heiress. The village was shocked when the under gardener and the heiress announced they’d been secretly married. In time, however, the village acknowledged that this marriage had been a success, a partnership in every way.
After a long life together while continuing to create and care for the garden, Christopher and Constance died within months of each other. They were buried in the family plot behind the famous Houghtlin Hall’s old brick walls; the backdrop for a love story that is repeated to countless visitors to this day.