Hello. I am Simon Garbutt, a freelance photographer, journalist, graphic designer, illustrator and translator. My interests are diverse and wide-ranging and include plants (wild and cultivated), gardens and gardening, folk music and dance, folklore, mythology and oral history, France and French culture, art, archaeology, architecture, theatre, typography, ceramics…
Most of my published work has been for gardening magazines, mainly The Garden (the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society), to which I have contributed as a freelance writer, photographer and occasional illustrator since at least January 1994; before that I was a regular contributor to The Gardener for several years, as writer, illustrator and photographer.
I have also had work commissioned by or for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Scholastic Publications, the Refugee Council, The Gorilla Organisation, Amnesty International, Newcastle Festival (Newcastle upon Tyne), the People’s Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne), Tyneside Theatre Company (Newcastle upon Tyne), Phoenix Theatre (Leicester), Key Theatre (Peterborough) and many others.
Since 2005 I have designed the quarterly RHS publication The Plantsman, and, since 2009, their Daffodil, Snowdrop and Tulip Yearbook. I have also designed some books, most notably Wildlife of a garden: A thirty-year study by Jennifer Owen (RHS 2010).
In recent years I have translated several books, on gardens, sculpture and plants, from French to English, for Editions Ulmer of Paris.