Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked in the USA, France and Corfu, as well as on many English gardens of great distinction - among them the garden she describes in this book. For twenty years she was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She is the author of six books and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and many garden magazines. After creating a hands on garden of her own, which was regularly open to the public , she is now enjoying making a new smaller garden and cultivating a large allotment for the first time.
Griselda Kerr, who trained in horticulture and garden design at the English Gardening School, Broomfield College and Brooksby College, is a gardener, lecturer and columnist who describes herself as ‘always thinking about plants’. Her glorious garden at the Dower House, Melbourne, Derbyshire, is regularly open to the public.
Jessica Kilburn is a London-based artist, researcher and writer. She studied English Literature at Merton College, Oxford, followed by History of Art at the University of Glasgow. Her work has appeared in the poetry journal 14 and Illustration magazine. She contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (OUP, 2004) and curated a permanent exhibition on Lancelot 'Capability' Brown for his birthplace in Northumberland.
Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908–1986) was a painter, a writer, a cartoonist, a theatre designer, an authority on architecture and design, and above all a great British humorist. His pocket cartoons depicting the aristocratic Maudie Littlehampton, her family and friends, which appeared in the Daily Express for forty years, recorded in his inimitably English way the life, news and opinions of the period. His books on architecture and design were as witty as they were authoritative: in them he depicted buildings and interiors with an unerring instinct for the minutiae of stylistic change and recreated with irrepressible humour the way of life of the original inhabitants.
Frank Lawley was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire. His wife Marjorie was born Marjorie Louisa Tinlin at Wallington in Northumberland. In an attempt to understand something of the essence of Englishness as expressed in the English landscape, they have spent the past four decades rescuing Herterton House near Wallington, a long-abandoned sixteenth century farmhouse, and designing, creating and maintaining around it a new but appropriate country garden.
Andrew Lawson is one of the world’s leading garden photographers, a painter, a passionate and knowledgeable gardener and an engaging garden writer. He is the author of six successful books including Plants for All Seasons (Frances Lincoln, 1992). In 1993 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal for Photographers.
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.
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.