Dr Sandy Primrose MBE PhD has spent his professional life as a biologist, initially in academia and then as a senior manager in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and life science companies. He has also worked with various government departments on topics such as the detection of food fraud and the safety of genetically engineered foods. He now works as a consultant helping early-stage companies in the healthcare field. He is a keen gardener and lectures extensively on plants, horticulture and gardening. He is passionate about teaching and aims to be at once entertaining and informative. His previous books include Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics, co-authored with Richard Twyman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and Plants, Poisons and Personalities (Librario Publishing, 2010). He lives in Buckinghamshire.
Charles Quest-Ritson is the author of many books on gardens and gardening, including Ninfa: the Most Romantic Garden in the World (Frances Lincoln, 2009) the RHS Encyclopaedia of Roses (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) and Gardens of Germany (Mitchell Beazley, 1998). Charles Quest-Ritson lives in Hampshire and Normandy.
Tim Richardson is a garden columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the author of many books, including The Arcadian Friends (Bantam, 2008), Avant Gardeners (Thames & Hudson, 2009), Great Gardens of America (Frances Lincoln, 2009), Futurescapes (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2013). He is a trustee of the Garden History Society, sits on the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, wrote Oxford University’s first garden history course – and is a passionate advocate of fringe gardening. Tim Richardson is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. He lives in London.
Dr Jacqueline Riding is author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016), Basic Instincts: Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore (2017) and Peterloo (2018). She is currently writing a biography of Hogarth. She is a fellow of Birkbeck College, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Trustee of Turner’s House.
Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm (also known as 'Puppa') is a private art dealer and agent specialising in European paintings and drawings from the 17th to the early 20th century (http://www.sw-fineart.com). She was brought up in Europe and her parents took her to museums and churches from an early age. She has lived in New York her entire adult life, working in the art world. She now divides her time between Mexico City, Telluride, CO, New York and Europe. She has had the privilege of seeing masterpieces in museums and private collections all over the world. Many years of dealing and thinking about art gives her a unique view point. Her blog, Old Masters Rock is an art newsletter for children aged 7-12 years ago (www.oldmastersrock.com).
Annie Schlecter is a native New Yorker who has been working as a photographer since 1998. Her clients include New York Magazine, T-Magazine, House Beautiful, Travel + Leisure, The World of Interiors, Neue Galerie, Marianna Kennedy and Joe Serrins Studio among others. She has worked on numerous book projects with clients such as Jonathan Adler, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and The Little Bookroom, for whom she has photographed and designed a series of Italian cookbooks. She enjoys eating, travel and polka dots.
Denise Scott Brown (1931-) is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. Scott Brown and her husband and late partner, Robert Venturi, are regarded as among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, both through their architecture and planning, and theoretical writing and teaching. Denise Scott Brown was awarded the second Soane Medal in 2018. The Medal was established in 2017 to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to architectural culture and discourse, building on the legacy of Sir John Soane.
Barbara Segall grows fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as ornamental garden plants, in her town garden in the countryside. Her daily walks are the starting point for her hedgerow foraging for elder, nettles, sloes and bullaces, which she turns into kitchen produce. She also forages much from her own garden. She writes articles, books (most recent is Secret Gardens of East Anglia, Frances Lincoln, 2017) and blogs about gardens, grow your own and herbs (www.thegardenpost.com). She edits The Horticulturist and is a member of the Garden Media Guild and the Guild of Food Writers.