Deni Bown, author, photographer and herbologist, developed a passion for plants in childhood and has grown and studied herbs since her student days. Best known for the Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses, she has over a dozen books to her name, and has contributed as author and photographer to numerous others. In 1986 she was a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, and in 1990 won a Garden Writers' Association of America award for Alba - The Book of White Flowers. The Chelsea Physic Garden, founded by the Society of the Apothecaries, has for over 300 years been concerned with studying the therapeutic properties of plants. A place of tranquility in the heart of London, it has recently established a garden of world medicine and welcomes scientists, horticulturalists and artists, as well as the general public and school parties through its gates.