Fergus Garrett was chosen by Christopher Lloyd as his head gardener at Dixter in 1992. He worked closely with Christo until Lloyd’s death in 2006. He is now Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, and also combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with writing and lecturing all over the world. He was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in 2015 and in 2019, the coveted Victoria Medal of Honour.
Natasha Goodfellow is a writer, plant lover and Londoner who loves exploring the city and discovering new places. She writes for publications including Gardens Illustrated, Elle Decoration UK and The Simple Things and was Fair Manager for GROW London, the contemporary garden fair. She edited Head Gardeners by Ambra Edwards (Pimpernel Press, 2017).
Professional horticulturist Tom Harris has been a keen grower of plants of all types since childhood. His particular interest is in greening unpromising small spaces: he has held a lifelong love for container gardening. In his time he has planted thousands of containers to adorn not only his own plot but gardens throughout the UK and Europe. He occasionally contributes articles to national publications.
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.
Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of New College Oxford, Chairman of the Natural Capital Committee and author of many books including Green and Prosperous Land: A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside (William Collins, 2019), Burn Out: The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (Yale University Press, 2018) and Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet (Yale University Press, 2015).
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE FRHistS FRSL is the author of celebrated biographies of Lytton Strachey, Augustus John, Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, and others. His awards include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Golden PEN award, the Heywood Hill Literary Prize, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Irish Life Arts Award and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award. His two memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic, have been widely praised. Michael Holroyd lives in London, W10.