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.
Alexander Ash is a Londoner born and bred. Originally from Tooting and part-raised in Wandsworth, he received an honours degree in Economics from University College London. He has contributed to a number of fascinating trivia titles, including It Just Slipped Out and Boring, Botty and Spong. Alex is also the co-author of the 2012 edition of the bestselling annual Top 10 of Everything.
Harry Baker was for many years Fruit Officer at RHS Wisley, where he presided over 16 acres of fruit. He is an Associate of Honour of the RHS, a member of the fruit and vegetable committee and one of the country's best-known fruit experts. He lives in Hampshire.
Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and Andrew Walsh are the team behind the angling and music blog Caughtbytheriver.net. Their day job is running the independent record label Heavenly Recordings.The book is illustrated throughout with the woodblocks of the artist and writer Robert Gibbings. One time owner of the Golden Cockerel Press and author of numerous books about rivers such as Sweet Thames Runs Softy Gibbings work perfectly completes the mood of the book.
A. C. Bishop
The authors are researchers in the mineralogy and palaeontology departments of the Natural History Museumin London.
Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
Eoghan Corry is an Irish columnist, travel writer, author of sports history, and founding story-editor of the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park, Dublin. He began his journalistic career as a sportswriter with the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune, where he became sports editor and won several awards, and since 2002 has edited Ireland's biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra. He is a regular commentator on travel affairs to national newspapers and Irish radio and television, with his weekly travel broadcasts on the RTE 1 radio programme 'Today with Pat Kenny' reaching an average audience of 279,000 listeners.Location: Straffan, Ireland
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Madonna Gauding has been a student of Buddhism for over 12 years and is a practitioner of martial arts. She is the author of The Meditation Bible, World Mandalas, Six Keys to Buddhist Living and Working with Meditation. Location: St Louis, Missouri, USA.
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.
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
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.
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.
Steven Jay Schneider
Steven Jay Schneider, one of the true connoisseurs of movie horror, has written, talked, taught and published extensively on all aspects of film, from aesthetics and psychoanalysis to the joys of the slasher flick. Here he has brought together more than 50 of the finest writers, reviewers, critics, professors, aficionados and filmmakers from around the globe. From Le Monde's Jean-Michel Frodon in Paris to Undercurrent's Chris Fujiwara in Tokyo, the team compromises the best that film writing has to offer and includes contributors to Empire, Sight & Sound, Time Out, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Total Film, International Film Guide, LA Weekly, CineAction, Film Quarterly, NME, the Washington Post, Filmmaker, Moviemaker and many more.
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.
Jacky Newcomb is the UK's leading angel expert and a bestselling author. Her books include Angel Secrets, An Angel Held My Hand, An Angel By My Side, An Angel Saved My Life and Angels Watching Over Me. She has her own column as mystical agony aunt 'Dear Angel Lady' for the UK's CHAT - It's Fate magazine and has made many TV appearances including ITV's This Morning and The Lorraine Kelly Show. For more details visit: www.jackynewcomb.com
The author is Research Officer for the Geological Society and a highly respected gemmologist.