About us

We have written books on practical gardening, cookery, the history of gardens and crafts. We work on any size of garden, advising clients and creating and maintaining gardens that suit them. Above all we believe in cultivating the good things in life: gardening, cookery and craft.

Jane’s family come from the west coast of Scotland, where the Hafton of Hafton & Kelly originates. After studying History at Edinburgh University and Ceramics at Goldsmith’s College, London, Jane went to work at Hatchards Bookshop in London, as a ‘Christmas Temp’. She has remained there, on and off, for a great many years, clearly misunderstanding the word ‘temp’.

She has written books for the National Trust, The English Kitchen series published by Prospect Books, Teach Yourself and Lost in London. She has also edited twelve anthologies of poetry and prose published by Batsford.  She lives in London in a small house overflowing with books. She also has a small and overcrowded garden; the photo is just wishful thinking. 

Chris comes from a family of gardeners who founded and ran Bees Seeds, a major U.K. horticultural company. He studied English at York University and holds an MBA from the French Grande École, EAP.

For many years he lived and worked in Italy, a country that he loves and understands. He is particularly interested in Italian garden history, and the in way in which artisan food production influences and informs Italy’s numerous regional cuisines. When not gardening, he also works as a management consultant, specializing in technology start-ups and funding.

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