About the Author
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 and has established itself as the UK's leading gardening charity, with the aim of inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. The world-famous RHS Lindley Library holds unique collections of early printed books on gardening, botanical art and photographs. Jo Foster is a writer and family historian. After a History degree at Cambridge University, she worked as a researcher and producer on historical documentaries, including the celebrity family history series Who Do You Think You Are?. She has since researched and guided tailor-made family history tours in the UK and Europe with tour company Ancestral Footsteps, as well as writing non-fiction history books and museum guides for children. Jo lives in Winchester with her family. Her ancestors include mill workers, conscientious objectors, and a shipbuilder in Victorian Tyneside who in his spare time was a record-breaking amateur cyclist.