Polly Devlin is a writer, broadcaster and filmmaker. She holds an OBE for services to literature. After spending her childhood in Northern Ireland, at the age of twenty-two she took up her first job - as a writer, and soon features editor, on British Vogue, at the heart of 1960s London. A couple of years later she was again transported, to New York, to work for Diana Vreeland on American Vogue - where, once more, she was very much part of the scene she wrote about in her newspaper column and articles including for The Sunday Times, New Statesman and Observer. Her first book, All of Us There, is now a Virago Modern Classic. The most recent, New York: Places to Write Home About (Pimpernel Press, 2017; published in the United States by Gibbs Smith, as New York: Behind Closed Doors) was greeted with delight on both sides of the Atlantic. She now divides her time between London and New York, where, until her recent retirement, she taught Creative Non-Fiction at Barnard College, Columbia University. Polly Devlin lives in West London.
Caroline Donald was gardening editor of the Sunday Times for twenty years. A writer and editor with a particular interest in the cross-pollination of gardening, design and the arts – both high and domestic – she has also curated successful series of garden talks at Messum’s gallery in Wiltshire and Durslade, the Somerset outpost of the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth. She has an unruly cottage garden in Somerset.
Ambra Edwards is a journalist with a special interest in garden history, and the people, passions and often surprising stories that lie behind our gardens. Three times voted the Garden Media Guild's Garden Journalist of the Year (2006, 2009 and 2015), she is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus and Country Living. Her most recent book is The Story of the English Garden (Pavilion, 2018). She lives in Dorset.
Nicola Ferguson (1949-2007) was a bestselling garden writer. Her first book Right Plant, Right Place (published by Macmillan in 1984, later by Pan and Cassell in the UK and by Simon and Schuster in the US) sold more than 460,000 copies worldwide. A second bestseller, Take Two Plants (David & Charles) followed in 1998.
Caroline Foley is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Allotment Handbook (New Holland, 2004) and The Natural Garden Handbook (New Holland, 2009). The most recent book, Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments - really a social history of the labouring poor - was published by Frances Lincoln in 2014. Caroline has considerable knowledge and a great love of topiary. She has been the editor of Topiarus, the pan-European journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, for ten years.
Born in London, Alasdair Forbes graduated with an honours history degree from McGill University, in Montreal, before completing an MA in the history of art at the Courtauld Institute. He has worked in Paris and Vancouver, and lived for short periods in India and Italy. Before moving to Devon, he lived and taught in London. For the last thirty years he has been preoccupied with creating and looking after his garden.
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.