Charles Chesshire is a highly regarded garden designer and writer. He has designed gardens in America and Britain, and is consultant to Sudeley Castle Gardens in Gloucestershire. Fascinated by the connection of Zen meditation to the philosophy and design of Japanese gardens, he has studied and toured Japan on a number of occasions. He also helped to introduce a number of new varieties of clematis from Japan, when he was curator of the National Collection of Clematis held in Burford House Gardens, Worcestershire. Charles lectures widely on a number of subjects, including Japanese gardens.