Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Jasper Conran is an internationally successful designer with a brand recognized all over the world. He is most recognized for his couture fashion and his diffusion line, J by Jasper Conran, for Debenhams. He also designs crystal and china for Wedgwood, glassware, homeware, fragrances, fabrics, jewellery, wallpaper and furniture. He has won numerous awards including British Fashion Designer of the Year and the Prince's Medal.
Textiles expert Lucinda Ganderton is a craft author, designer and broadcaster. Her previous books include: Stitch Dictionary, Bridal Crafts, The Country Living Book of Soft Furnishings, Romantic Keepsakes and The Complete Guide to Needlecraft. She has also authored Instant Expert Beading for Spruce.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.
Kate Gunn and Robyn Macdonald studied Fashion and Textiles at the University of Brighton in the UK, specializing in knitwear. Kate and Robyn have designed knitted clothes and accessories for a variety of international companies, and launched Orka, a collection of organic and fairtrade knitwear for women and children, in 2006.
Louisa Harding has been a major Rowan designer for 17 years, creating ready-to-wear collections for Europe, the USA and the Far East. In 1997 she became brand coordinator and designer for Jaeger Handknits, but is best known for her adorable Miss Bea range of books. Louisa also writes and designs for Vintage Style, Vogue Knitting, Knitting Magazine and Modern Classics.
Kate Haxell is the author of six craft books, including Me and My Sewing Machine (2010) and Twenty to Make: Bunting and Pennants (2011).
The late Terry Hewitt grew cacti and succulents for more than 40 years. He owned and ran the Holly Gate Cactus Nursery and Holly Gate Cactus Garden in Ashington, West Sussex.
Andrew Lawson, photographer, was a major contributor to Highgrove, Portrait of an Estate by HRH The Prince of Wales, and as author and photographer has published Performance Plants, and The Gardener's Book of Colour. In 1999 he was named 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. Andrew Lawson lives in Oxfordshire.
Daphne Ledward is a profilic writer and broadcaster on all aspects of gardening. She started her gardening career with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time and Classic FM's Gardening Forum for 18 months. She has also appeared on television programmes such as Gardeners' Direct Line (BBC 1), By Day (Sky 1), Homes and Gardens Livetime (Granada Breeze), Grass Roots (Meridian) and How Does Your Garden Grow? (UK Style/BBC 2), and was the gardening 'expert' on Radio 2's Jimmy Young Show.
W. Anthony Lord
Tony Lord is a gardening author, photographer and consultant with an expert eye for effective planting combinations. Formerly a Gardens Adviser to the National Trust, he edits The Royal Horticultural Society's annual Plant Finder, and lectures on plants, gardens and garden history. His books include Best Borders, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild 'Book of the Year' award for 1994, Gardening at Sissinghurst, and Designing with Roses.
Zoë Mellor is one of the UK's best known children's knitwear designers. She has worked for Kaffe Fassett and regularly designs for Rowan - one of the leading yarn manufacturers.
Pauline Pears (Garden Organic)
Ian Spence was right-hand man to BBC Gardener's World presenter Geoff Hamilton and is author of bestselling RHS title Gardening Through the Year and Garden Plants and Flowers. Location: UK.
Dan Pearson is an influencial landscape and garden designer with an international reputation for design and planting excellence. Dan trained at the RHS Garden, Wisley, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, before starting his professional career as a designer in 1987. His London-based practice Dan Pearson Studio now handles a wide range of projects internationally for private and public clients. Dan is the weekly gardening columnist for The Observer Magazine, and has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and has designed five award winning Chelsea Flower Show Gardens.
George Plumptre is an author, journalist, and lecturer, acknowledged as an international authority on gardens and gardening. From 1993-1996 he was the gardening correspondent for The Times. He has lectured on a wide range of garden subjects in Britain, the USA, and South Africa, and has contributed articles to such publications as Country Life, Homes & Gardens, The Daily Telegraph, Architectural Digest (USA) and Conde Nast House & Garden (South Africa). George's gardening titles include Collins Book of British Gardens, The Latest Country Gardens, Garden Ornament, The Garden Makers, Great Gardens, Great Designers, Classic Planting and Royal Gardens of Europe (Mitchell Beazley, 2005). George lives in Tonbridge in Kent.
Joanna Smith began her career as a features editor on gardening magazines. Since then she has written countless magazine features on all aspects of gardening, and commissioned and edited a wide range of gardening books including The Brand New Garden, The Easy Garden, and The One-hour Garden, all published by Hamlyn.
Pauline Pears is a Senior Horticultural Advisor with Garden Organic. Location: UK.
Steven Wooster is an award-winning photographer and former garden design graduate at Capel Manor, who can commnicated key garden design concepts through the camera lens. Steven also lives in London.
Dick & James Strawbridge are experts in the Good Life - and it's the life they've led at Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, in the southwest of England. On just 3 acres of land in the midst of a village they've produced an abundance of good things to eat and drink: fruits and vegetables that they eat fresh, juice, ferment and preserve, pigs for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon, a mixed flock of birds for eggs and eating, and bees for honey - to name a few. It's been a lifestyle driven by their desire to eat well every day.Dick & James appear regularly on TV in the UK and Australia. The whole family featured on the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green--which documented their move to Newhouse Farm. Dick is a regular host of C4's Scrapheap Challenge, contributes frequently to Coast on the BBC and last year came 2nd place on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his cooking talent.Dick & James will appear together on ITV1's The Hungry Sailors from Spring 2012, and there's more to come. When they're not on location, tending the garden, feeding the animals or cooking and eating, they're spreading the word and sharing what they've learned. Previous books include It's Not Easy Being Green (BBC Books) and Practical Self-Sufficiency (DK).