Simon Akeroyd is a garden writer with a passion for both kitchen gardening and cooking. He contributes to numerous magazines including Grow Your Own (as the Allotment Gardener) and was also a garden and food writer for the BBC. His books include Shrubs and Small Trees, Lawns and Ground Cover, the Allotment Handbook, A Small Course in Veg and Fruit, RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener and Raised-Bed Gardening. He was previously a Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society, and worked at both RHS Wisley and Harlow Carr.
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.
Guy Barter is the Chief Horticultural Advisor of the Royal Horticultural Society, having joined the organization as superintendent of trials at RHS Garden Wisley in 1990. Prior to that, he gained experience in the commercial horticultural world after graduating with a degree in horticulture. Guy now runs the RHS Members' Advisory Service, which provides answers to an enormous range of questions and supplies evidence-based advice for thousands of gardeners.
Dr Ross Bayton
Dr Ross Bayton gained a Bachelor's degree in tropical ecology, and later a Masters and a PhD, both in taxonomy. He is the co-author of New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation and used to work for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine.
Matthew Biggs trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4's Garden Club, and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. He has written several books, including the recently revised Complete Book of Vegetables and the Eden Project's Gardening at Eden and how to do it at home. Matthew contributes to several magazines, including the RHS's The Garden, BBC Gardeners' World, and Gardens Illustrated. He lectures at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Oxford University Botanic Gardens, and the Cookery School of Michelin-starred chief Jean-Christophe Novelli, and is course Director of the Plants and Plantsmanship course at the English Gardening School.
Richard Bird has practiced gardening since childhood and is the author of over thirty books including Garden Answers: Ponds, Garden Answers: Pruning, and Small Garden Solutions, all published by Hamlyn. He has edited a number of gardening magazines and also lectures widely as well as doing regular radio broadcasts.
Steven Bradley has written more than 30 gardening books, including Propagation Basics, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best Practical Book. He is author of the booklets for the Ground Force series of gardening programmes and the Ground Force Weekend Workbook co-authored with Alan Titchmarsh, BBC Books. He writes for many gardening magazines, including the RHS Journal, BBC Gardeners' World, Garden Life, The Garden and Garden Answers as well as for the Sunday Express. Creator of the Masterclass series in Gardens Monthly, he is also a regular on BBC radio and lectures to students at Capel Manor College (Enfield), the Inchbold School of Design in London, leading specialist days at the English Gardening School in London.
Edinburgh-trained Chris Collins has been the Blue Peter gardener since 2004. He has fronted and run the RHS Campaign for School Gardening that gives over 1 million UK kids access to school gardens. For adults, Chris presented the six-part series The Plantsman on BBC2 in 2003 and has just finished a new series of Garden Invaders for BBC1. He has just finished a series on Secret Gardens for ITV1's This Morning.
Ian Drummond is Creative Director of the Indoor Garden Design Company alongside Pippa Robinson and David Grace. A true north London boy, Ian uses garden and horticultural design to express his understanding of city living. He has worked on art installations for the Barbican Art Gallery and on the Living with Nature Exhibition at St Pancras Station. He has also scooped up an impressive array of medals for design schemes and interior gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ian's work mainly focuses on creative projects - film premieres, fashion shows and charity functions, including the BAFTAs and the annual Sir Elton John Aids Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball. He is also chairman of eFIG (European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups) and an RHS committee member.
Holly Farrell spent two years at RHS Gardens Wisley where she gained the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, and the RHS Certificate and Diploma (both with Commendation), and where she won the Nicholson Prize for overall contribution to RHS Garden Wisley as a trainee. After working as Head Gardener on a private estate she now combines designing and improving gardens for private clients with her developing career as a garden writer for publications such as Kitchen Garden and the RHS magazine The Garden. Holly is the author of RHS Plants from Pips, RHS Gardening for Mindfulness and Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden: How to Create a Vegetable, Herb and Fruit Garden in Easy Stages. She lives in Oxfordshire.
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
R. J. Garner
Robert John Garner was born in Fulbourn, Cambridge, in 1907. A scientist at the former East Malling Research Station from 1926 until 1972, he became an international authority on the vegetative propagation of woody plants. He was awarded an honourary MSc from the University of Reading in 1951 and the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science and practice of horticulture in 1980. Former President of the Horticultural Education Association and the Great Britain & Ireland region of the International Plant Propagators Society, and author of The Grafter's Handbook (1947) and The Propagation of Tropical Fruit Trees (1976), he also wrote numerous research papers for technical journals including The Journal of Horticultural Science and CAB's Technical Communications series published by the Imperial Bureau of Horticulture and Plantation Crops. After his death in 1993, East Malling Research Station opened the Robert Garner Laboratory in remembrance of his life's work.
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.
Lorraine Harrison has a masters degree in Garden History from the University of London and has written several books on the subject. She is a successful gardener and gardening writer with a passion for exotic and heirloom vegetables. Her previous titles include How to Read Gardens and The Shaker Book of the Garden, and she regularly contributes to Gardens Illustrated and Hortus magazine.
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.
Matt James is a garden designer, broadcaster and senior lecturer teaching on horticulture degree programmes at the Eden Project, Cornwall, where he also manages a respected HND in Garden & Landscape Design. Channel 4's The City Gardener introduced Matt to the gardening public; the series was later broadcast around the globe. Two series about urban garden design in the US soon followed. Matt continues to make regular appearances on television and radio, including BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. Matt's previous four books include RHS The Urban Gardener (Mitchell Beazley), and he has also written widely for many publications in garden design and gardening. Matt has won awards for his design work and continues to run a design practice based in Cornwall, working in the UK and abroad.
Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.
Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.