Charles Quest-Riston graduated in history before practicing as a solicitor in Wiltshire. He was a partner and part-owner of Corsley Mill Nurseries, specialising in own-root roses, as well as a director and council member of the Royal National Rose Society and founder-secretary of the Historic Roses Group. Since 1993 he has edited the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gardener’s Yearbook and Garden Finder. His wife, Brigid, shares his passion for roses and is chairman of the Historic Roses Group. They live and garden in Wiltshire, England.