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.
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).
Architectural photographer Angelo Hornak has contributed to many books, including histories of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as the cathedrals of Canterbury, Winchester, Wells, Exeter and Ely. Balloon Over Britain is the story of his flight over Britain in a hot-air balloon with a basketful of cameras. London from the Thames takes the reader on a boat trip from the Thames Barrier in the east to Hampton Court in the west, exploring the historic river and the buildings and monuments on its banks.