This just in from the always fascinating and usually wacky Daily Mail, concerning UK garden expert and writer David Hessayon:
…Despite teaching millions how to get the best out of their garden,
he admits that tending his own roses and shrubs no longer gives him
‘I’m fortunate enough to have all of the plants
featured in my books…But I feel that I
know too much for it to be therapeutic. I can see problems about to
happen…. I don’t quote gardening as my hobby. It
isn’t. It’s my job.’
Well, that’s a pity. However, being described as the "best-selling non-fiction writer in the world" by none other than the Daily Mail has got to be some consolation. It’s a curious fact, especially considering that we here in the US have hardly heard of him. So I did a little research and turned this up from the University of Leeds, where he received an honorary degree:
Over half a century, sales of his ‘Expert’
guides to plants and gardens – some 25 titles in 22 languages –
exceed 50 million. His books are on the shelves of one in two households
in Britain, and he holds the Guinness world record for non-fiction sales.
You’ll find his books under the name DG Hessayon, and although he doesn’t seem to have his own website, he does have a Wikipedia entry that could use a little work.