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Charles Quest-Ritson is an internationally acclaimed writer, lecturer, and translator. His other books include The English Garden Abroad (1992), Country Gardens (1998), Gardens of Germany (1998), and The English Garden: A Social History (2001). He was a partner and part-owner of Corsley Mill Nurseries, specialising in own-root roses, as well as a director and council member of the Royal National Rose Society and founder-secretary of the Historic Roses Group. Since 1994, Quest-Ritson has edited the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardener's Yearbook. His wife, Brigid, shares his passion for roses and is chairman of the Historic Roses Group. They live and garden in Wiltshire, England.