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.
Natasha Goodfellow is a writer, editor and plant lover who loves exploring and discovering new places. She writes for publications including Gardens Illustrated, Elle Decoration UK and Country Life and was Fair Manager for GROW London, the contemporary garden fair. She has ghostwritten books for garden designers including Arabella Lennox-Boyd (Head of Zeus, 2021), and for Petersham Nurseries (Petersham Nurseries, 2021).
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.