Lloyd, Christopher

Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) was a plantsman in a class of his own, and was widely regarded as ‘the best-informed, liveliest, and most innovative gardening writer of our times’ (Rosemary Alexander, The Guardian). He wrote regularly for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian and Country Life, and was the author of a string of best-selling gardening books. He was created OBE in 2000 and also held the highest award of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Victoria Medal of Honour.

 

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Long, Gregory

Gregory Long is CEO and the William C. Steere Snr President of the New York Botanical Garden.

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Macaskill, Hilary

Hilary Macaskill is a freelance journalist and travel writer. She is the author of Downhill All the WayAgatha Christie at HomeCharles Dickens at Home and Daphne du Maurier at Home. She lives in London.

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Majerus, Marianne

Marianne Majerus is a regular contributor to many national and international publications, including House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, Homes and Gardens, Country Homes and Interiors, The Garden, English Garden, The Times, Guardian, and Daily Telegraph.  Her photographs have featured in over 200 books. In 2010 the British Garden Media Guild named her International Garden Photographer of the Year, in 2011 Garden Photographer of the Year and in 2013 Features Photographer of the Year. 

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Mason, Michelle

Designer, illustrator and co-owner of successful vintage emporium Mason & Painter, Michelle Mason is passionate about interior product design. Known for her strong illustrative style she continues to inspire with exquisitely designed products for clients including British Library, Transport For London and St Pancras International. Endorsed as “the stylist’s favourite” by The Sunday Times Style magazine, Michelle has worked with some of the UK’s most established manufacturers from the potteries of Stoke on Trent to Sheffield’s last remaining pewter factory. Her own products have regularly appeared in the international design press and she frequently sits on judging panels, such as Boost, launched by the Southbank Centre and the Observer to find the next generation of new design talent.

In 2013 she opened her first vintage and lifestyle shop on Columbia Road, home to the famous Sunday flower market, to much acclaim and was immediately invited to create a pop-up stores at the Southbank Centre and Kew Gardens. Her interest in styling with flowers and plants is intrinsically linked to the flower market; which literally unfolds on her doorstep every week and where she gathers seasonal produce to decorate the shop.

She has appeared in articles for Guardian Weekend, Sainsbury Magazine and Living Etc and has contributed articles to Design Exchange magazine and travel articles for Trail Blazer magazine.

 

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McKie, David

David McKie is a former political reporter, deputy editor, chief leaderwriter and columnist (‘Elsewhere’ and ‘Smallweed’) for the Guardian. Born in London, he grew up in London and Leeds, read history at Oxford and started in newspapers with the Oxford Mail. After the Guardian, he turned to writing books, which have included Jabez: the Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue (shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award); Great British Bus Journeys; and McKie’s Gazetteer.

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Miller, Tom

Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio, where his interest in architecture and history was sparked. Tom currently holds the rank of Inspector within the NYPD’s Auxiliary Police Force. For years his involvement with the New York Police Department– whether on patrol or marching its wide avenues – has afforded him the opportunity to see the city’s seemingly endless variety of buildings. He started the blog Daytonian in Manhattan in 2009, and since then he has investigated and researched the stories of more than a thousand Manhattan buildings. He urges New Yorkers and visitors alike to ‘never stop being a tourist’ and ‘never stop looking up’.

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Palmer, Susan

Susan Palmer is Archivist and Head of Library Services at Sir John Soane's Museum. 

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Platten, Stephen

Stephen Platten is Rector of St Michael on Cornhill and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London.

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Quest-Ritson, Charles

Charles Quest-Ritson is the author of many books on gardens and gardening, including Ninfa: the Most Romantic Garden in the World (Frances Lincoln, 2009) the RHS Encyclopaedia of Roses (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) and Gardens of Germany (Mitchell Beazley, 1998). Charles Quest-Ritson lives in Hampshire and Normandy.

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