Michael W. Buffin presently advises on 70 historical gardens and parks in Southern England for the National Trust. He spent several years as Curator of Living Collections at The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire where, among other responsibilities, he designed the planting for the Winter Garden. He trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and spent time at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written many articles for plant journals, contributed sections to books, and lectured in the U.K. and U.S.A. He lives in Hampshire, England, with his wife and two children.
Buffin possesses an intimate knowledge of the surprisingly subtle yet magical displays that characterize gardens in wintertime. The cultivation tips accompanying entries will inspire, inform, and prepare gardeners looking for exceptional specimens to incorporate all-year-round interest. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20050901 The sweet smell of daphnes and witch hazels nearly drifts off the pages ... this book reminds us how lucky we are to garden in a climate where we can have some plant or another in bloom every day of the year. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20050916 Every garden can benefit from the element of surprise provided by the plants described here. -- Rob Cassy Bookseller 20051001 This would make a wonderful gift book for any gardener with the winter blues. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20060119 Buffin is well equipped to launch us in rewarding directions when it comes to appreciating winter's opportunities. I recommend this book to those seeking to expand their appreciation of winter's multiple offerings. -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20060101 This well laid out and amply illustrated guide contains both an excellent section on the design of the winter garden, as well as a thorough A-Z compendium of winter flowering shrubs. -- Michael Weishan Michael Weishan's World of Gardening 20060201 Whether looking to extend a plant collection or create a winter garden from scratch, collectors and gardeners alike will delight in the tantalizing winter landscape evoked here. Rainy Side Gardeners 20060508 The book is very readable, it is not just a reference book. -- Caroline Harcourt Cottage Gardener 20060101