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Helena Attlee

Over the last 10 years Helena Attlee has led numerous tours for Boxwood. Helena is an established author and feature writer. Although best known for her works on Italy and the cultural history of its gardens, she has recently scrambled over the garden wall and made her escape into a wider landscape, where research for The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit has seen her travelling from a marmalade kitchen in the blood orange groves of eastern Sicily to the cold and bloodied streets of Ivrea during the Battle of Oranges. The book emerging from this journey combines history and economics with recipes, art and poetry to take the reader on a journey through Italy’s cultural, moral and political past. 

Alex Ramsay

Alex Ramsay
Alex Ramsay is a photographer based in the UK, where he lives in the Welsh Marches and runs Alex Ramsay Photography. He specialises in the photography of interiors, lifestyle, gardens, architecture and travel. His photographs appear in many books and leading magazines worldwide. Recent publications include Gardens of Cornwall by Katherine Lambert, Great Gardens of BritainItaly's Private Gardens and The Gardens of Japan, all byHelena Attlee, and A Glimpse of Heaven: Catholic Churches of England and Wales, by Christopher Martin. He is currently working on two new books, on the gardens of Venice and on Zen temple gardens in Japan. Studio work undertaken for many artists, craftspeople and organisations such as the Sainsbury Foundation. Corporate clients have included Pfizer, Cable & Wireless and Whitbread among many others. For current news see the blog

The Best-Selling Gardening Quarterly
Offering the finest garden writing in the English Language

HORTUS is a privately published quarterly journal which addresses itself to intelligent and lively-minded gardeners throughout the English-speaking world.

The beautifully printed and bound issues, each of 112 pages, contain articles on gardens, plants, people and books; history design and ornament.

There are conversations with the great figures of present-day horticulture, essays, notes and thorough reviews of new and reissued books.

Gardens Illustrated

Gardens Illustrated features the best gardens, plants and designers around the world, making it a must for the discerning gardener. Published 12 times a year, it offers an irresistible mix of beautiful gardens and must-have plants. With stunning photography and the world's best garden writing, it offers you information and insights you won't find elsewhere. 
Each month you'll find...

  • Inspiration and advice from leading experts and designers.
  • Breath-taking photography of the most beautiful gardens and gorgeous plants.
  • Great garden writing focusing on remarkable gardens, plants and design.

Annual frequency: 12 Delivery: UK & Worldwide


Country Life is such a well-loved national institution that it hardly needs introduction. The quintessential companion to countryside living takes you on a weekly stroll through this green and pleasant land. You'll enjoy magnificent country properties along the way - those for sale and those just to admire. You'll see gardens that will make you green with envy, along with tips for your own. You'll discover the topical issues affecting the countryside, and spend time appreciating the arts, antiques, field sports and the wonders of our wildlife.

Country Life

Your doorway to a wonderful world of opportunity. If you're a member of Times+, you're a member of The Times and The Sunday Times, and can look forward to invitations to exclusive events - free film previews, private views, early access and expert talks - plus upgrades, money-saving offers, competitions and much more.Times+ gives you access to exclusive members benefits, which you can find out all about here on the Times+ website. We'll also present a selection of new offers in The Times and The Sunday Times every week, and send you regular e-mail updates.

Great Dixter
Christopher Lloyd was one of the most inspired plantsmen and garden writers of the past century. He spent his lifetime practising and refining his art at Great Dixter, his Sussex manor house in Southeast England. Great Dixter has been running annual symposia - "The Art of Gardening at Great Dixter" - for sixteen years. Many participants repeatedly return to these week-long courses, as they know they will receive excellent horticultural tuition, but also as they have become a part of the Dixter family. Click the image for details of Great Dixter Events...

Great Dixter

Gardenvisit.com was launched in the Dotcom Era (1998) by Tom Turner (MA, Dip LA, MLI), a landscape architect and garden historian based in London, UK. The website has grown in size and scope while continuing to reflect Tom's interests: travel, garden design, landscape architecture and landscape planning. The website links information about places to information about garden and landscape design: history, philosophy, styles, construction, materials, design methods, planting and designers. Information enriches a visitor's experience and is of value when designing gardens and landscapes. Since the history and theory of garden design is inextricably bound with that of public landscapes, the scope of the website includes the broader scales of  landscape architecture and planning. Both garden design andlandscape architecture are concerned with the composition of landform, buildings, water, vegetation and paving to achieve technical, social and aesthetic objectives (see Compositional Elements)

Italy Heaven
Italy Heaven has been providing in-depth travel information for visitors to Italy since 2002. With detailed destination guides and practical tourist and transport advice, the website is useful not only for first-time visitors but also for Italy-lovers planning a trip off the beaten track. Italy Heaven was started when the author lived in Rome. Frustrated by the unavailability of helpful practical information on Italian destinations and public transport, she began travelling, researching and writing her own guide to help other travellers plan holidays and journeys in Italy. The author now divides her time between Italy and the UK, and tours more of Italy each year, adding new destinations to the website. You can follow progress on the Italy Heaven Blog or on Twitter. Sue & Brian met up with Emily whilst researching the gardens of Umbria and recommend her web site to anyone thinking of exploring Italy.

Photographer Dave Newbould says: 'I am privileged to live in a beautiful area of Snowdonia. There are few places where rocky peaks can be found overlooking long sandy beaches. In between are sparkling lakes and fresh white-water rivers run through native oak woodland. The land of Wales has such a great variety of landscapes for a small country. The plentiful supply of water from above ensures a lush and green surrounding, and a regular supply of sun (yes, really!) lights it to perfection. This is not always a 'chocolate box' landscape – the many ages of Welsh culture have melted into the land that God made'.
Wildlife Wales: Weekly Diary
This weekly diary was first written for a local newspapar, based on observations and events recorded in the beautiful area of Ardudwy in the old county of Meirionnydd. Most of the entries are based on regular wildlife walks of the northern shore of the Artro Estuary, including the sandy heath landscape of the Maes and adjacent shore of Tremadog Bay, a designated European marine reserve for thousands of over-wintering Common Scoter. Several entries are from inland observations made in the wild & remote Rhinogs mountain range and associated moors, woods and rivers, the inland border and hinterland of the Gulf Stream warmed Ardudwy coastal strip. It is hoped that the diary entries convey the richness & beauty of the landscape in which we are so lucky to live and encourage the reader to visit the area or to open his or her eyes to the riches of their own environment.
Wildlife Wales
Pat Gregory
Pat Gregory has provided the distinctive images used by Boxwood Tours ever since the start in 1990.
Cardiff based artist Pat exhibits linocut prints and works in mixed media for illustration. The prints often use images from fairy or folk stories and nursery rhymes, still relevant to adult lives and political landscapes, but full of dreamlike suggestions of symbolism, and often ambiguous or with uneasy resolution. The book of her recent collaboration with poet Susan Richardson Where the Air is Rarefied, can be purchased from the online shop.
A range of exhibited prints and work in mixed media can been seen in the gallery including work done on commission, for Boxwood Tours and Dyffryn Fernant garden.
Pat also makes beads and jewellery. Necklaces feature her hand-made millefiore-patterned beads, gemstones and recycled beads.
Jewellery, prints and cards can be purchased from the online shop.