WRITER, EDITOR, CURATOR
“Sweet, comical and hugely cheering.”India Knight reviewing Dachshunds: the Long and the Short of Them in The Sunday Times
“These very personal encounters, each rendered in little more than a thousand words, like miniature paintings, tell us so much”David Wheeler, reviewing The Generous Gardener in Hortus magazine
I am a UK-based writer and editor, with more than 30 years of experience. While gardening has been my main subject, my journalism and copywriting interests have included history, property, buildings, interiors, property, crafts and country businesses. Among publications I contribute to are The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, House & Garden and Country Life, and my editing has taken me to places as diverse as Big Boat and relaunching Historic Scotland’s in-house magazine, as well as a regimental history of the 9th/12th Lancers. Dogs, especially those of a sausage variety, are a great love and Dachshunds: the Long and the Short of Them is published by Pimpernel Press in October 2020. You can follow my wire-haired sausage dogs on Instagram @mitziundheidi and @somersetsausages.
The Generous Gardener, a collection of more than 40 of my interviews with garden owners as diverse as Lord Carrington and Kelly Brook, is taken largely from the 20 years I was Gardening Editor of The Sunday Times and is also published by Pimpernel. I have contributed several chapters to Beyond the Town: Conversations of Art and Land, published by Hauser & Wirth.
The two seasons I curated at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset including luminaries of the garden, landscape and design world, such as Penelope Hobhouse, Tom Stuart-Smith, Isabel and Julian Bannerman, Kim Wilkie, Dan Pearson, Charles Dowding and Monty Don (whom she interviewed herself) were sold out, as were talks on gardening I arranged at Messums gallery in Wiltshire. I have also chaired discussions at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Where West Begins and the Garden Museum Literature Festival, and give talks on the many roles that gardening plays in people’s lives. Whether it is at the local Women’s Institute in Somerset, or the Garden Club of Orinda, California, I seek that golden thread that pulls all gardeners together.
Originally from Scotland, I live and garden in Somerset, in the southwest of England.