Karen Barbé is a textile designer, embroiderer, self-taught photographer and blogger based in Santiago, Chile. With a background in retail and marketing, she currently designs her own brand of home textiles and accessories, drawing inspiration from traditional crafts, folklore, textiles, handcrafting, cheap plasticware - anything simple and unpretentious. She is also a lecturer at the School of Design of Universidad Catolica de Chile and hosts embroidery workshops in her studio in Santiago. Her work has been featured in magazines and online internationally. She is the author of Colour Confident Stitching (Pimpernel Press 2017), which has been translated into German, Spanish and Korean.
A former primary school teacher, Lucy Bellamy trained in horticulture at Chelsea Physic Garden and with the Royal Horticultural Society and is now a garden designer and writer. She was a contestant on series 4 of The Great British Bake Off. Now editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine, Lucy has recently moved from Lincolnshire to Bristol.
As Architecture Correspondent to The Times Marcus Binney has followed the design and construction of some of the major bridges of our age, talking to the leading architects and engineers involved, including Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw and Alan Spielmann as well as engineering practices such as Arups, Brown Beech& Associates, Flint & Neill, RPR and Mott MaDonald. As founder and President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and chairman of Save Europe’s Heritage he has also taken a keen interest in the preservation and restoration of historic bridges.
Richard Bisgrove recently retired as Course Director in Landscape Management at the University of Reading. He has a BSc in Horticultural Science from Reading University and an MLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan. He served on the National Trust’s Gardens Panel for nearly twenty years and has held several posts in the Garden History Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for ‘outstanding contribution to horticultural education, garden design and plant research’ and in 2010 the President of the Landscape Institute conferred on him the Peter Youngman Award for ‘outstanding contribution to landscape’. He lectures internationally and has written several books on garden design and garden history, including The Flower Garden: Planting for Year-Round Colour (Frances Lincoln, 1990), The National Trust Book of the English Garden (Penguin, 1992), the bestselling The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll (Frances Lincoln 1992), and William Robinson: the Wild Gardener (Frances Lincoln, 2008).
JOHN BROOKES (1933-2018) designed gardens all around the world, among them the College Green Garden at Westminster Abbey, the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Barakura English Garden in Tateshina, Japan, the Zespol Palace Park in Kikole, Poland, and many gardens in Russia, the Middle East, and all over Europe and North and South America. He also taught garden design all over the world, and in 1980 he founded the Clock House School of Garden Design at Denmans, West Sussex.
John Brookes was awarded an MBE for garden design and services to horticulture, the Award of Distinction of the American Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Garden Writers’ Association of America Award of Excellence, and countless other international awards, including four Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. He lived at Denmans in West Sussex.
Jonathan Buckley specializes in garden and plant photography. He has illustrated many books, including, most recently, Sarah Raven’s Wild Flowers and My Secret Garden by Alan Titchmarsh, and he is widely published in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Horticulture.
For many years Carolyn Caldicott and her husband Chris owned and ran the World Food Cafe in London's Covent Garden serving delicious vegetarian street food from recipes collected on their travels. The are co-authors of World Food Cafe, The Spice Routes, World Food Cafe 2, World Food Cafe Quick and Easy and The Vegetarian Bible.They have been featured cooking live on the Food Channel and the Restaurant Show and have been guests on America's Live Kitchen.
Carolyn now works as a full-time author, food stylist and chef. As well as writing on food and travel for Elle magazine, she is the author of Vintage Tea Party, Rosehips on a Kitchen Table, Bombay Lunchbox and Traditional British Cooking. She ha recently been featured in OK magazine, Telegraph Magazine, Observer Food Monthly, the Guardian and Sainsbury's magazine.
For many years Chris Caldicott and his wife Carolyn owned and ran the World Food Cafe in London's Covent Garden serving delicious vegetarian street food from recipes collected on their travels. The are co-authors of World Food Cafe, The Spice Routes, World Food Cafe 2, World Food Cafe Quick and Easy and The Vegetarian Bible.They have been featured cooking live on the Food Channel and the Restaurant Show and have been guests on America's Live Kitchen.
After travelling to some of the most remote parts of the world as photogtrapher-in-residence for the Royal Geographical Association, Chris has continued his globe-trotting lifestyle as a freelance photographer and writer specialising in food and travel for magazines and newspapers including Vanity Fair, House and Garden, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times and the Telegraph.