Category Archives: Gardens

John Brookes


I was sad to hear last week that John Brookes, the renowned garden designer, has died aged 84. For those non-gardeners reading this post, he also wrote many books on the subject and received an MBE for Garden Design and services to horticulture in 2004. A portrait of John from the Gardeners’ Hands project in 2008.  

Michael Hobbs


I worked on an allotment series in Richmond for Gardeners’ World magazine between 2008-10.  The adjacent plot was looked after by a very quiet Irishman, Michael Hobbs, who I got to know during my frequent visits. I loved his plot, which was like a 1960’s back garden, complete with gnomes and ornamental frogs, and I frequently left with handfuls of spare fruit, veg or flowers. These unpublished portraits were taken in 2010 after my last visits for GW.

BBC Gardens of the Year 2017


Three gardens from last summer 1. Caroline Critchlow’s lovely garden in the Orkneys. Part of BBC Gardeners’ World garden of the year competition. 2. Caroline Cassell’s garden, Waltham Abbey – from Gardeners’ World Gardens of the Year 2017    3. Waterlily, Aberystwyth – from Gardeners’ World Gardens of the Year 2017

Alys Fowler


Alys Fowler on her allotment, 2.11.12. Some test shots taken whilst playing with ideas, talking and drinking tea. I don’t think any from this small set have been used, but I’ve always been fond of them.