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.
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.