Joan Clifton is a professional horticulturalist whose career has encompassed the worlds of fashion, architecture and theatre design. With a strong sense of sculptural design and a passion for plants, she established Avant Garden in 1991, to specialize in architecturally inspired furniture and artefacts. Joan is an experienced garden writer, whose work has appeared in a number of publications. A regular exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show and other international events, Joan now operates a garden design and consultancy business from her home in South-West France, where she is creating a garden holiday centre. Her other highly praised books include Courtyard & Terrace Gardens (published by Aquamarine).