Hugh Johnson is an internationally renowned writer and, in 2007, was awarded the OBE for services to Wine and Horticulture. His garden writings are well known through the appearance of his monthly column (Trad's Diary) that appeared first in RHS's The Garden and then in Garden's Illustrated magazine. Will appeal to garden lovers worldwide for its sometimes whimsical charm in addition to the
Tradescant's Diary, a column of garden jottings, first appeared in the RHS magazine, The Garden, in June 1975. Hugh Johnson was its author (in addition to his being Editorial Director of the magazine) and it became a monthly fixture for the RHS's committed gardeners. Hugh's writings are filled with an eclectic mixture of topical, whimsical and humorous anecdotes and are organised to follow a gardener's monthly calendar. Under the name Tradescant's Diary, a name taken from John Tradescant, gardener to Lord Cecil at Hatfield House and to King James I, who was one of the first men to introduce plants from foreign countries to his own garden, Hugh's writings appeared in The Garden from 1975-2006, in Gardens Illustrated in 2007, and in 2008 still appear as monthly blogs through his own website (www.tradsdiary.com).
Hugh Johnson has been tasting, buying, promoting and writing about wine for over 40 years. He has been, amongst many other appointments, secretary of Wine & Food and editor of the Wine and Food society, Wine Correspondent of the Sunday Times, Wine Editor of Gourmet, a director of Chateau Latour, Wine Consultant to British Airways. He has been President of the Sunday Times Wine Club since 1973 and the Circle of Wine Writers since 1997 and the Hon President of the International Wine and Food Society since 2002. He has been honoured by the Academy du Vin de Bordeaux, the German Gastronomic Academy and by a doctorate from Essex University. His many practical books on wine from Mitchell Beazley have been bestsellers all over the world.