Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford, in England. She trained at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave School of Practical Gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Christine has worked in many different areas of horticulture and was assistant head gardener at Levens Hall topiary gardens in Kendal and hardy ornamentals team leader at Askham Bryan College in York. She is currently carrying out research projects to encourage beneficial insects within ornamental gardens.
Michael Lavelle is a committed environmentalist and a firm believer that nature provides the best model for any garden design. A keen observer of nature since his early childhood, he believes that this natural model combined with a commonsense approach to horticulture is the key to organic success. He currently works as a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle College, Chelmsford, in England.