After horticultural training at Wye College, London University, Fergus Garrett (who is half-English, half-Turkish) worked for Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School in Kent, for Beth Chatto at the Unusual Plants nursery in Essex and then for the Sackler family at Cap d’Antibes and Gstaad. He went to Great Dixter as head gardener in 1992 and worked closely with Christopher Lloyd for the next fifteen years. Since Lloyd’s death in 2006 he has combined his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with writing, lecturing all over the UK, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand and, as Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, moving the garden forward in ever more exciting directions. He lives in Hastings with his wife, Amanda (who is a scientist working at London Zoo) and their two young daughters. And he still finds time for passionate interest in plants in the wild, nature and conservation, rural crafts, cooking, boxing and anything Turkish. In 2015 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS.
Clare Hastings started her career in the fashion department of Harpers & Queen magazine, before leaving to work freelance as a stylist and later as a costume designer. Thirty years later, Clare changed direction to work freelance alongside her daughter, Calypso, in The Indytute. Her first book, Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer, is published by Pimpernel in April 2018.
Rosalind Henderson has loved and revered Pascal all her life – not as a mathematician or philosopher, but as a fellow human, struggling to find a place in and make sense of a troubling world, who has found that Pascal’s great work of wisdom, the Pensées, is still greatly relevant to the problems facing our own age. She lives on Anglesey, North Wales.
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE FRHistS FRSL is the author of celebrated biographies of Lytton Strachey, Augustus John, Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, and others. His awards include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Golden PEN award, the Heywood Hill Literary Prize, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Irish Life Arts Award and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award. His two memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic, have been widely praised. Michael Holroyd lives in London, W10.
Architectural photographer Angelo Hornak has contributed to many books, including histories of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as the cathedrals of Canterbury, Winchester, Wells, Exeter and Ely. Balloon Over Britain is the story of his flight over Britain in a hot-air balloon with a basketful of cameras. London from the Thames takes the reader on a boat trip from the Thames Barrier in the east to Hampton Court in the west, exploring the historic river and the buildings and monuments on its banks.
Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. Her book, Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010) was enthusiastically received. "Horwood strikes gold," said the Guardian. "Packed with lovely detail and quirky stories," wrote the Mail on Sunday. "Gardening Women is rich, full and lasting. Neither gardens nor women will seem quite the same again," said The Times. The American edition appeared shortly after under the title Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today (Ball Publishing, Chicago). Catherine Horwood’s other books include Rose (Reaktion, 2018), Potted History: The Story of Plants and the Home (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars (Sutton, 2005). She has also written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Daily Mail, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden. Her blog, www.gardeningwomen.com, has a worldwide following.