Xanthe White is a well-known Auckland landscape designer who has had many major commissions during her career to date. She is the mother of two young children, who feature in some of the photos throughout the book. Her many awards include a Silver Gilt award at the Chelsea Flower Show, and gold and silver medals and People's Choice awards at the Ellerslie Flower Show. Her work ranges from private commissions to major urban projects. She appears frequently on radio and television.