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Roger Phillips

In 1975 Roger Phillips began his life’s major work of photographing and publishing pictures of the World’s garden plants. Using modern photographic techniques, Roger set out to develop an encyclopedic collection of books to show the difference between plants as diverse as mosses, roses and annuals. His first book ‘Wild Flowers of Britain’ was a huge success, selling 400,000 copies in the first year. He has since written 20 additional volumes (often with his co-author Martyn Rix) selling over 4.5million copies worldwide.

Roger has written and presented two major six-part TV series on gardening (BBC & Channel 4). Famed for his ebullient personality and garish red glasses, he has become a well-recognised figure in the world of gardening.

Roger trained at Chelsea School of Art from where he entered a career in advertising culminating in the position of art director at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising. He left O&M to start a career as a freelance photographer, winning many awards before turning his photographic talents to the world of natural history.
Roger Phillips


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Martyn Rix

Martyn Rix is a botanist, plant collector, author and gardener. He studied botany at Trinity College Dublin, and at Cambridge where he completed a doctorate on Turkish fritillaries. He subsequently worked at the University of Zurich, where he co-authored a major book on Water Plants of the World, and studied the effects of waterweeds in India. He was then appointed Botanist to The Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, and whilst there taught botany to students, many of whom are now leading horticulturists around the world.

He has contributed to a number of scientific publications, including The European Garden Flora, Flora Europaea, The Flora of Turkey and Curtis's Botanical Magazine and has published many scientific papers. He has produced a number of books on the subject of Botanical Art, including The Art of the Plant World, Art in Nature and (with Alison Rix) The Redoute Album. He also collaborated on The Quest for the Rose (BBC) and the Pan Garden Plants Series of books with Roger Phillips, and is a regular contributor of gardening articles to Country Life, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden magazine. In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society.

Martyn has travelled all over the world in search of wild plants for gardens, and introduced many new ones into cultivation in Europe and North America. His most recent plant hunting expeditions have been to the mountains of western China, to Mexico, South Africa and the northern Andes in Argentina. He has an extensive collection of photographs of exciting plants in their natural habitats.

Both Roger and Martyn are very well known internationally and lecture regularly all over the world.
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William A. Grant

William A. Grant is a garden writer, photographer, and lecturer. He retired from a long academic career to pursue his love of gardening. He is a native of Arizona and was educated in private and public schools in California. Undergraduate and graduate work in American literature was followed by teaching in California, England and Sweden. He received two Fulbright awards during this time. His long association with the University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum culminated in his role as president of its support group. In 1989 he spent a month crossing Australia with others in search of new plant material for the Arboretum, which has a large collection of Australian flora.

His own collection of these plants is supplemented with a wide variety of species and old roses. He is founder of the Californian Garden History Society. In his younger years he was a sport reporter and later was consultant to the National Football League. He was one of the consultants for 'Botanica's Roses’ and was editor of the paperback edition of the book. He lives and gardens in Aptos California, on the Monterey Bay.

William A. Grant
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