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.
Ambra Edwards is a journalist with a special interest in garden history, and the people, passions and often surprising stories that lie behind our gardens. Three times voted the Garden Media Guild's Garden Journalist of the Year (2006, 2009 and 2015), she is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus and Country Living. She lives in Dorset.
Nicola Ferguson (1949-2007) was a bestselling garden writer. Her first book Right Plant, Right Place (published by Macmillan in 1984, later by Pan and Cassell in the UK and by Simon and Schuster in the US) sold more than 460,000 copies worldwide. A second bestseller, Take Two Plants (David & Charles) followed in 1998.
Caroline Foley is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Allotment Handbook (New Holland, 2004) and The Natural Garden Handbook (New Holland, 2009). The most recent book, Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments - really a social history of the labouring poor - was published by Frances Lincoln in 2014. Caroline has considerable knowledge and a great love of topiary. She has been the editor of Topiarus, the pan-European journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, for ten years.
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.