Christopher Lloyd sadly passed away on January 27th 2006, aged 84.
He is quite simply a gardening legend, probably the most admired gardening writer in the world. His style is unique: authoritative, witty and often avant-garde. He may have been in the field longer than most others but he was never out of the vanguard of gardening taste. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded him their highest honour, the Victorian Medal of Honour and in the 2000 New Year's Honours he was awarded an OBE.
Since 1954 he published a regular flow of best-selling gardening books, which included some all-time classics such as The Well-Tempered Garden. He had been for many years gardening correspondent of The Guardian and after writing his first column for Country Life magazine in 1963 never missed an issue. He wrote for a number of other publications, including the United State's best gardening magazine, Horticulture.
Christopher was born at Great Dixter in Sussex in 1921. In 1954 he returned there full-time and made the garden one of Britain's most inspirational and famous. The garden was the source of many of the ideas and descriptions in his garden writing.
Always intrigued by new ideas, Christopher was immediately enthusiastic about contributing for Greenfingers and entering the latest medium of garden writing. His regular contributions combined stories from the garden at Great Dixter with regular topical matters.