Carter, George

George Carter began his career by designing exhibitions for museums and art galleries. After working for London’s Geffrye Museum and for the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, he turned his attention to gardens and soon attracted a variety of clients the world over, with gardens great and small. 

He has designed gardens in France and Spain, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maine, as well as all over Britain, and has won eight Chelsea Gold Medals. Previous books include Garden Space (Mitchell Beazley, 2005); Garden Magic (Double-Barrelled Books, 2015). He lives in Norfolk.

 

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Casselden, Carol

Carol Casselden is an award-winning photographer who specialises in plant and garden photography, but also enjoys taking landscapes and people. Carol lives in East Sussex.

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Cecil, Hugh

Military historian Dr. Hugh Cecil's books include The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War (Steerforth, 1996).

Together Hugh and Mirabel Cecil have written Clever Hearts: a Life of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy (Gollancz, 1990), which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, Imperial Marriage (History Press, 2005) and In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work (Frances Lincoln, 2012)Their two volume work about Rex Whistler, Inspirations, was published by Pimpernel Press in April 2015. Inspirations includes Family, Friendships, Landscapes and Love and War, which are available individually or in a handsome boxed set.

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Cecil, Mirabel

Mirabel Cecil is author of A Kind of Prospero (Walker, 1996) and, with David Mlinaric, Mlinaric On Decorating (Frances Lincoln, 2008).

Together Hugh and Mirabel Cecil have written Clever Hearts: a Life of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy (Gollancz, 1990), which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, Imperial Marriage (History Press, 2005) and In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work (Frances Lincoln, 2012)Their two volume work about Rex Whistler, Inspirations, was published by Pimpernel Press in April 2015. Inspirations includes Family, Friendships, Landscapes and Love and War, which are available individually or in a handsome boxed set.

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Chatto, Beth

Beth Chatto was born in 1923. Her influence as a gardener and plantswoman extends worldwide. Her guiding principle has always been the right plant for the right place. If this hardly sounds radical today, it is largely thanks to her work – when she first put her principle publicly into practice at her Unusual Plants stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1977 she brought about a quiet revolution in the gardening world. As well as creating her garden and nursery at Elmstead Market in Essex, she has written gardening classics including The Dry Garden (Dent, 1978), The Damp Garden (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1982), The Green Tapestry (Collins, 1995) and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2000). She was created OBE in 2002 and also holds the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour.

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Corbett, Val

Val Corbett is a freelance photographer based in the Lowther Valley on the eastern fringe of the Lake District. She is well known for her landscape photography which features in books such as Winter in the Lake DistrictA Year in the Life of the Eden Valley and Rainy Days in the Lake District. Her garden photography regularly appears in Country Life. as well as in the award winning book Gardens of the Lake District. Her most recent book Arts and Crafts Houses of the Lake District demonstrates her skill in photographing interiors.

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Davey, Bridget

Bridget Davey is a wildlife and garden photographer.

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Davidson, Keir

Keir Davidson is an experienced landscape designer, specializing in waterfalls of natural rock. He created gardens in Japan and then worked for eighteen years in the United States, building a 250-acre private botanical garden in New York State. For the past sixteen years he has been associated with Woburn Abbey and the Bedford family, initially as a designer of waterfalls and subsequently as a landscape historian. 

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Devlin, Polly

Polly Devlin is a writer, broadcaster and filmmaker. She holds an OBE for services to literature. After spending her childhood in Northern Ireland, at the age of twenty-two she took up her first job – as a writer, and soon features editor, on British Vogue, at the heart of 1960s London. A couple of years later she was again transported, to New York, to work for Diana Vreeland on American Vogue – where, once more, she was very much part of the scene she wrote about in her columns. Since then she has been a columnist on The Sunday Times, The New Statesman and The Observer, and has written many highly acclaimed

books. Her first book, All of Us There, is now a Virago Modern Classic. The most recent, New York: Places to Write Home About (Pimpernel Press, 2017; published in the United States by Gibbs Smith, as New York: Behind Closed Doors) was greeted with delight on both sides of the Atlantic. She now divides her time between London and New York, where, until her recent retirement, she taught Creative Non-Fiction at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Donald, Caroline

Caroline Donald has been gardening editor of the Sunday Times since 2000. A writer and editor with a particular interest in the cross-pollination of gardening, design and the arts – both high and domestic – she has also curated successful series of garden talks at Messum’s gallery in Wiltshire and Durslade, the Somerset outpost of the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth. She has an unruly cottage garden in Somerset.

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