Isabel Bannerman was born in London in 1962, the youngest of five children. She began gardening when, as a university student, she met Julian Bannerman, owner of Bannerman's Bar in Edinburgh. Together they moved to a derelict baroque mansion in Wiltshire and camped whilst restoring the house and starting to design gardens and garden buildings for a living. With a lot of luck and hard work they established a practice, winning Gold Medals at Chelsea and working for HRH The Prince of Wales and clients from the worlds of fashion and film. Isabel has taken photographs since she was at school and began making her particular style of botanical scans in 2003. She has had four solo shows of her work, which is in the collections of Jasper Conran, and Richard E Grant. She writes occasional gardening pieces for the Telegraph and The Sunday Times. She wrote and photographed Landscape Of Dreams (Pimpernel Press, 2016), describing fourteen gardens created by the Bannermans and their way of working together. Her second book, Scent Magic, was published by Pimpernel Press in 2019.
Karen Barbé is a textile designer, embroiderer, self-taught photographer and blogger based in Santiago, Chile. With a background in retail and marketing, she currently designs her own brand of home textiles and accessories, drawing inspiration from traditional crafts, folklore, textiles, handcrafting, cheap plasticware - anything simple and unpretentious. She is also a lecturer at the School of Design of Universidad Catolica de Chile and hosts embroidery workshops in her studio in Santiago. Her work has been featured in magazines and online internationally. She is the author of Colour Confident Stitching (Pimpernel Press 2017), which has been translated into German, Spanish and Korean.
David Bindman retired as Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art, University
College London in 2005 and was Visiting Professor of the History of Art, Harvard
University, 2010-16. He has written books on William Blake, William Hogarth, L.F.
Roubiliac, Canova and Thorvaldsen, and on the Briitish response to the French Revolution.
More recently he has worked on ideas of race and art, and is the author of Ape to Apollo and
is editor, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr of the series The Image of the Black in Western Art.
As Architecture Correspondent to The Times, Marcus Binney has followed the design and construction of some of the major bridges of our age, talking to the leading architects and engineers involved, including Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw and Alan Spielmann as well as engineering practices such as Arups, Brown Beech& Associates, Flint & Neill, RPR and Mott MaDonald. As founder and President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and chairman of Save Europe’s Heritage he has also taken a keen interest in the preservation and restoration of historic bridges.
Richard Bisgrove recently retired as Course Director in Landscape Management at the University of Reading. He has a BSc in Horticultural Science from Reading University and an MLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan. He served on the National Trust’s Gardens Panel for nearly twenty years and has held several posts in the Garden History Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for ‘outstanding contribution to horticultural education, garden design and plant research’ and in 2010 the President of the Landscape Institute conferred on him the Peter Youngman Award for ‘outstanding contribution to landscape’. He lectures internationally and has written several books on garden design and garden history, including The Flower Garden: Planting for Year-Round Colour (Frances Lincoln, 1990), The National Trust Book of the English Garden (Penguin, 1992), the bestselling The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll (Frances Lincoln 1992), and William Robinson: the Wild Gardener (Frances Lincoln, 2008).
Dr Bruce Boucher is Deborah Loeb Brice Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum. He taught for over twenty years at University College London and is the author of books on Palladio, and on Italian Sculpture. He is a corresponding member of the Ateneo Veneto in Venice and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
John Brookes (1933-2018) designed gardens all around the world, among them the College Green Garden at Westminster Abbey, the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Barakura English Garden in Tateshina, Japan, the Zespol Palace Park in Kikole, Poland, and many gardens in Russia, the Middle East, and all over Europe and North and South America. He also taught garden design all over the world, and in 1980 he founded the Clock House School of Garden Design at Denmans, West Sussex.
John Brookes was awarded an MBE for garden design and services to horticulture, the Award of Distinction of the American Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Garden Writers’ Association of America Award of Excellence, and countless other international awards, including four Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. He lived at Denmans in West Sussex.