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.
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.
Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., was a leading expert on human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist, and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. Dr Comfort also worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London, a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80.
Clare Foster is Garden Editor at Home & Garden magazine and a freelance garden journalist. She spent 10 years at Gardens Illustrated magazine, latterly as Editor, and has written three books: From Bud to Seed: Perennials and From Bud to Seed: Annuals (Conran Octopus 2001) and Compost (Cassell Illustrated 2002). After having her own allotment in West London for many years she has recently moved to the countryside to expand her vegetable plot. Author lives: Oxfordshire, England
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.
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.
Anne Hooper has been researching and writing about sex and relationships for 25 years and is the author of 40 books, including nine bestsellers. She is a sex therapist and marital counsellor in the UK and international media.
Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's "Gardeners' World", Carol Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Marchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carol opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Carol has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners World magazine, House & Garden and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.
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.
Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and has been practising herbal medicine for over 25 years. She has studied Ayurveda for over 20 years and has incorporated its wisdom into her herbal practice. She teaches Ayurvedic medicine, gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics, and lectures extensively on herbal medicine and Ayurveda in the UK, USA and Europe. Her other titles include Drugs in Pots, The Complete Herbal Tutor, The Top 100 Herbal Remedies, The Good Health Garden and The Complete Woman's Herbal.
Eleanor McKenzie divides her time between England and Spain. She is the author of a number of books, including Thai Massage, Healing Reiki, Chi Kung and Thai Bodywork.
Tim Newbury runs his own landscape design and construction business. He has won four gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has written several very successful books including The Ultimate Garden Designer and Small Garden Design Bible.
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.
Susan Quilliam is a relationships expert with over 35 years' experience in offering support through her work as a writer, coach, trainer, consultant and commentator. She once said in passing that the high point of her work would be to rewrite "The Joy of Sex" for the 21st century, and therefore felt beyond privileged when, in 2008, Mitchell Beazley asked her to do just that!Susan works closely with Relate and the Family Planning Association, as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of the Sexual Advice Association and the Council for Sexuality and Sexual Health for the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also one of the Family Planning Association's designated 21st Century Achievers, UK Dating Expert of the year 2015, an Ambassador for Relate Cambridge and a Patron of the Outsiders charity which campaigns for sexual rights for the less-abled.When not writing books, Susan coaches individuals and couples on relationships and sexuality, designs and presents relationship courses for the global organisation The School of Life, is advice columnist for Fabulous magazine, and broadcasts on radio and television.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. His best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English - thereby introducing the world to what is now regarded as a standard work on human sexual behaviour. Following a career in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War), he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led the expedition guided by the locals that discovered Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood in 1886.