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Liz Ackerley is an urban sketcher with a particular interest in Reportage Illustration - the art of visual storytelling. Her work is captured mainly on site, observing and drawing in real time, as things happen.  lizsscribbles.com

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Nick Bailey is a gardener, author for a range of garden magazines and newspaper columns, garden designer and speaker; and is currently a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World. Nick was Head Gardener for London’s Chelsea Physic Garden for seven years.

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James and Helen Basson have worked in the South of France for over 17 years creating low maintenance, dry gardens that mix contemporary design with traditional skills. Winner of 'Best Show Garden' at Chelsea 2017. www.scapedesign.com

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Bob Brown launched a nursery, Cotswold Garden Flowers in 1990 after a career as a field studies teacher. From a one-acre field in Badsey, Worcestershire, he established the nursery as one of the best sources of unusual perennials in the country. He is well-known as a lively and sometimes controversial garden lecturer. www.cgf.net

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Mark Diacono led the garden team at River Cottage, where he also designed the vegetable garden and established the ground-breaking Otter Farm, where he grows a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar edibles. He has written seven books on food and growing; he also designs edible gardens at a range of scales. www.otterfarm.co.uk

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Olivier Filippi and his wife Clara run a specialist nursery, located in the South of France, dedicated to drought tolerant plants. They have intensively researched wild plants throughout the Mediterranean and other similar climate regions around the world, enabling them to work on a new approach to low maintenance gardens for dry climate regions. www.jardin-sec.com

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Hugo Bugg & Charlotte Harris. Hugo became the youngest ever Gold medal winner at Chelsea in 2014. Charlotte enjoys exploring patterns, processes and influences that distinguish a place, and working collaboratively with other makers and artists of a variety of disciplines. www.harrisbugg.com

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Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technology in the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield. His work integrates ecology, landscape design and horticulture. Nigel is an active designer; his projects include  London Queen Elizabeth Park. www.nigeldunnett.com

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John Grimshaw is a botanist and has a doctorate in African forest ecology. He has worked for a Dutch seed company, as Garden Manager at Colesbourne in Gloucestershire, and is now Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Dendrology Society’s Trees and Shrubs Online project, creating an online encyclopaedia of woody plants for temperate gardens.

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Marina Christopher, of Phoenix Perennials has run nurseries since 1984. Her emphasis has always been on providing a balanced ecosystem, so beneficial wildlife, notably insects, are provided with ‘cordon bleu’ plants for their delectation. Plants have often been supplied to designers for for Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

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Elliott Forsyth was Head Gardener at the Cambo Estate from 2000 to 2018, making it one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain; with the world's most northerly prairie garden and a striking potager designed anew annually. He is now running a community vegetable project in St. Andrews.

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Annie Guilfoyle has a degree in garden design from Middlesex University and runs a design consultancy in West Sussex. She was the Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design for over 18 years and is the Garden Course Consultant at West Dean College in West Sussex. Annie runs The Art and Craft of Garden Design at Great Dixter, as well as teaching, lecturing and judging internationally. www.creative-landscapes.com

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Giacomo Guzzon, is a Landscape Architect with Gillespies. While studying (in Italy and at Greenwich), he worked in nurseries in the Netherlands and Italy, advancing his passion for plants. He is a tutor in planting design at the University of Sheffield and at the University of Greenwich

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Rosy Hardy has been growing herbaceous perennials commercially for the past 28 years, with the nursery and Rosy appearing regularly on national television and at garden shows winning 21 Gold medals at Chelsea. www.hardys-plants.co.uk

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Jason Ingram graduated in photography from Salisbury College of Art in 1992. Based in Bristol, he travels widely photographing gardens, food and people for books and magazines. He was awarded Garden Photographer of the Year by the Garden Media Guild in 2013, 2014 and was finalist in 2015. www.jasoningram.co.uk

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Noel Kingsbury is known primarily as a writer on plants and planting design, particularly on contemporary naturalistic projects. His focus on understanding plants and their long-term performance through plant ecology science has led him to develop a uniquely innovative teaching methodology. He has written over 20 books, including four with Piet Oudolf. www.noelkingsbury.com

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Michael Marriott was technical manager and senior rosarian at David Austin Roses, where he worked for 30 years until recent retirement, undertaking design and consultancy work as well as helping run the nursery's breeding programme, widely recognised as the world's most innovative.

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Dan Pearson has been a gardener since childhood, going onto an illustrious garden and landscape design career, with projects across the globe. He has also written extensively about his work, which is noted for its plant use and sensitivity to place. www.danpearsonstudio.com

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Lia Leendertz is a garden and food writer and author of the annual book ‘The Almanac, a Seasonal Guide’. She has written for the Guardian and the Telegraph and is a columnist for The Garden magazine. She writes a gardening and cooking series for Simple Things magazine. Lia lives in Bristol with her husband and two children where she has an allotment and town garden.

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Ton Muller, Senior Landscape Architect, has been working for the City of Amsterdam for more than 20 years. His work is about 'Greening the City', on different levels, from making a Green Masterplan for the whole city to making specific planting designs. He is experimenting with new and more systematic ways of planting.

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Rachel Siegfried is a florist and grower, who works in a naturalistic way, preferably with the flowers she has grown. Her attention to detail is shown by how she has commissioned potters to make vases for her work, and dyes the silk ribbons she ties bouquets with from plants she has grown. www.greenandgorgeousflowers.co.uk

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Neil Lucas is a recognised authority on ornamental grasses, owner of Dorset-based Knoll Gardens, RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, author, and holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. A long-time admirer of the beauty and utility of grasses, for the last 20 years Neil has been developing his own planting ethos. www.knollgardens.co.uk

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Sean Murray is a garden designer and horticulturalist with 40 years of experience, including project managing garden builds in the NHS and Prison Service. He is also a qualified Floral Demonstrator, and gives talks and runs Flower Schools in partnership with his wife Eilleen. www.gardennarratives.co.uk

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Troy Scott-Smith, after nearly seven years as Head Gardener, will be leaving Sissinghurst in July to become HG at Iford Manor. Previously he has been HG at The Courts (Wilts.), Bodnant and Sissinghurst. He has also designed the Floral Spectrum at RBG Kew and is an award-winning garden photographer.

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Andy Sturgeon is one of Britain's best-known garden designers, with seven Gold Medals at Chelsea to date. Initially he trained in horticulture, and worked at RHS Wisley, before focussing on landscape work and garden design, always with a distinctly contemporary flair. He has also written extensively for the UK garden press. www.andysturgeon.com

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Sarah Wain trained in horticulture in Australia. She has worked at RBG Kew propagating and attending to backup collections for the Australian, Temperate and Palm houses. Since 1987 she and her husband Jim have worked together creating a large private garden in Hampshire and from 1991 they have been creating and redeveloping the gardens at West Dean in West Sussex.

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Timothy Walker had a botanical training which led him to work for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum from 1986 to July 2014, as Director from 2000. He is now a research lecturer at the university and freelance teacher as well as being one of the most tireless lecturers to garden clubs up and down the country. www.timothywalker.org.uk


Head Gardeners

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Tom Brown worked at RHS Wisley for 13 years, and became Head Gardener at Parham House in 2010. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey’s Gardening programme “Dig It”.      

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Fergus Garrett has a global reputation as a creative head gardener, whose highly choreographed planting style continues the work of the late Christopher Lloyd in keeping borders at high intensity all year round. His work attracts students and interns from all over the world to learn ‘how he does it’.

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Joshua Sparkes, at Forde Abbey, takes a global perspective. Having worked in the US and Japan as well as in some notable British gardens, he aims to learn from other gardening cultures, incorporating new ideas and philosophies into his practice. Soil management is a particular interest.

 
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Andi Strachan is a long standing organic gardener and nurserywoman and the current Head Gardener at Yeo Valley Organic Garden. She has a real love of propagation, be it from seeds, cutting or division and is always keen to share that knowledge and useful tips on how to be a successful propagator.

 

Banner image: Sarah Price at Treberfydd Walled Garden Nursery, June 2017