Although best known for her works on Italy and the cultural history of its gardens, Helena Attlee has also published many articles and books about Japan, Portugal, Wales and the Caribbean. She is a regular contributor to numerous magazines, including The World of Interiors, Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden, Country Life and Hortus. Managing to scramble over the garden wall at last, she made her escape more recently into a wider landscape, where research for THE LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW: THE STORY OF ITALY AND ITS CITRUS FRUIT (Particular Books April 2014) saw her travelling from a marmalade kitchen in the blood orange groves of eastern Sicily to the bloodied streets of Ivrea during the Battle of Oranges. The book emerging from this journey combines history and economics with recipes, art and poetry to take the reader on a journey through Italy’s cultural, moral and political past.
Helena has lived for many years in a small town on the Welsh Borders. She lectures both at home and abroad, and designs and leads tours to gardens all over the world. Building on her experience as a fellow and consultant fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Helena has set up Open Ground, a creative writing programme delivered in outdoor spaces ranging from gardens to muddy valleys and supermarket car parks.