Anyone who has ever enjoyed growing something, whether it be a small pot plant or a row of peas, can call themselves a garden lover. In these places, you will meet owners with hugely different gardens: some will be finished masterpieces, others will be works in progress, but all will be talking points. Our owners are experts on their own gardens of course, but they can often organise private visits to other gardens, direct you to good local nurseries and give you the low-down on which public gardens to visit nearby.
Alastair has built a team of talented editors who are as committed as he is to the search for authenticity and personality in places to stay. They are also 'driving' the world's first carbon-neutral publishing company; the search for a reduced ecological footprint is a serious one. In 2005/2006, Alastair Sawday Publishing won an award from Business Commitment to the Environment, a Green Apple Award and The Queen's Award for Sustainable Development. Nicola Crosse is both a people and a plant-person; she has compiled and written this guide with huge care and flair, and a real grasp of what makes a special bed and breakfast for garden lovers.