Jonathan Buckley specializes in garden and plant photography. He has illustrated many books, including, most recently, Sarah Raven’s Wild Flowers and My Secret Garden by Alan Titchmarsh, and he is widely published in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Horticulture.
George Carter began his career by designing exhibitions for museums and art galleries. After working for London’s Geffrye Museum and for the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, he turned his attention to gardens and soon attracted a variety of clients the world over, with gardens great and small.
He has designed gardens in France and Spain, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maine, as well as all over Britain, and has won eight Chelsea Gold Medals. Previous books include Garden Space (Mitchell Beazley, 2005); Garden Magic (Double-Barrelled Books, 2015). He lives in Norfolk.
Military historian Dr. Hugh Cecil's books included The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War (Steerforth, 1996).
Together Hugh and Mirabel Cecil wrote Clever Hearts: a Life of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy (Gollancz, 1990), which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, Imperial Marriage (History Press, 2005) and In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work (Frances Lincoln, 2012). Their two-volume work about Rex Whistler, Inspirations, was published by Pimpernel Press in April 2015. Hugh Cecil died in 2020.
Mirabel Cecil is author of A Kind of Prospero (Walker, 1996) and, with David Mlinaric, Mlinaric On Decorating (Frances Lincoln, 2008).
Together Hugh and Mirabel Cecil wrote Clever Hearts: a Life of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy (Gollancz, 1990), which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, Imperial Marriage (History Press, 2005) and In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work (Frances Lincoln, 2012). Their two volume work about Rex Whistler, Inspirations, was published by Pimpernel Press in April 2015.
Beth Chatto (1923-2018) was the most influential British plantswoman of the past hundred years. She was the inspiration behind the ‘right plant, right place’ ethos that lies at the heart of modern gardening. She also wrote some of the best-loved gardening books of the twentieth century, among them The Dry Garden, The Damp Garden, and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden. She was created OBE in 2002 and also held the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour.
Val Corbett is a freelance photographer based in the Lowther Valley on the eastern fringe of the Lake District. She is well known for her landscape photography which features in books such as Winter in the Lake District, A Year in the Life of the Eden Valley and Rainy Days in the Lake District. Her garden photography regularly appears in Country Life. as well as in the award winning book Gardens of the Lake District. Her most recent book Arts and Crafts Houses of the Lake District demonstrates her skill in photographing interiors.
Keir Davidson is an experienced landscape designer, specializing in waterfalls of natural rock. He created gardens in Japan and then worked for eighteen years in the United States, building a 250-acre private botanical garden in New York State. For the past sixteen years he has been associated with Woburn Abbey and the Bedford family, initially as a designer of waterfalls and subsequently as a landscape historian.
Karin Derland is a passionate embroiderer who has taken freestyle embroidery on wool to new heights. She is self-taught and has experimented and learned from her own experiences. Her studies at various art schools in drawing, painting, sculpture and graphics, as well as her work with layouts and printing has trained her eye in colour, form and composition. She gains her inspiration both from Swedish and Indian traditions. Karin has over 5500 followers on instagram (@karin_derland).