Author, book editor, and journalist, Zia Allaway is a qualified horticulturalist and has written a range of gardening books for the RHS and DK, including The Complete Gardener's Manual, The Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers, How to Grow Practically Everything, and Growing Vegetables: 101 Essential Tips. She has also worked with Diarmuid Gavin on two of his design books, and edited The Encyclopedia of Garden Design and the RHS Simple Steps series. Zia writes a monthly column on garden design for Homes & Gardens Magazine, and is a contributor to the Garden Design Journal. She runs a consultancy service from her home in Hertfordshire and offers practical workshops for beginners. She has a small wildlife garden which she opens to the public through the UK charity, The National Gardens Scheme.