Hugh Johnson has been writing about wine, trees, travel and gardening in books and magazines since the 1960s. He was born in St John8217;s Wood, London, the son of a barrister, and brought up in London and Kent. After school at Rugby and an English degree at King8217;s College, Cambridge he entered journalism, wrote for Vogue and House & Garden, edited Wine & Food magazine and became wine editor, then travel editor, of The Sunday Times. He has been of the Sunday Times Wine Club President since 1973.

Hugh married Judy Grinling in 1965. They moved from London to Saling Hall, in the north of Essex, 50 miles from London, in 1971 and raised their three children, Lucy, Red and Kitty, in the country. The garden at Saling Hall has been a principal preoccupation since, giving rise, since 1975, to the monthly Tradescant’s (or Trad’s) Diary. Hugh Johnson’s first book, called simply ‘Wine’, was pu

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