Jill Foulston is a former commissioning editor for the Virago Modern Classics. She lives in London and Italy.
Catherine Horwood is honorary research fellow of the Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway and is about to be a visiting fellow at Yale. She has won many prizes for her own gardens and was an honorary assistant organiser of the National Gardens Scheme for London.
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.