Pattie Barron is a journalist who discovered the joys of gardening several years ago and now writes about plants and gardens full-time. She has a regular column in the London evening Standard Homes and Property section, and writes for magazines such as House and Garden, Woman and Home and Country Living. Pattie's back garden and conservatory are her experimental playgrounds, moving a few years ago to a larger plot so she could have more space in indulge her love for Mediterranean plants. Simon McBride is a very well-known landscape and garden photographer. He has lived and worked in Italy for many years and has published many of his own titles on the Italian landscape.