David Gerald Hessayon (born 1928) is a British author and botanist of Cypriot descent who is known for a best-selling series of gardening manuals known as the “Expert Guides” under his title Dr. D. G. Hessayon. The series started in 1958 with Be Your Own Gardening Expert and in 2008 it celebrated its 50th anniversary and the 50 millionth copy in print.[1] They have become the best selling gardening books in history.

Books in order of publication:

  • Potato Growers Handbook (with P G Fenemore) (1961)
  • Silage Makers’ Handbook (with Christopher Hugh Wood) (1962)
  • The Garden Book of Europe (1973)
  • The Armchair Book of the Garden (1983)
  • The Bio Friendly Gardening Guide (1990)
  • The Bedside Book of the Garden (2008)

Expert Series

  • Be your own Gardening Expert (1959, republished 1961)
  • Be your own House Plant Expert (1961, revised 1967)
  • Be your own Lawn Expert (1961, revised 1968)
  • Be your own Rose Expert (with Harry Wheatcroft) (1965)
  • Vegetable Plotter (1976
  • Be your own House Plant Spotter (with J. P. Hessayon) (1977),
  • Be your own Vegetable Doctor (1978)
  • Be your own Garden Doctor (1978)
  • The House Plant Expert (1980)
  • The Rose Expert (1981)
  • The Cereal Disease Expert (1982)
  • The Lawn Expert (1982)
  • The Tree & Shrub Expert (1983)
  • The Flower Expert (1984)
  • The Indoor Plant Spotter (1985)
  • The Garden Expert (1986)
  • The Gold-Plated House Plant Expert (1987)
  • The Home Expert (1987)
  • Rose Jotter (1989)
  • Vegetable Jotter (1989)
  • Be your own Greenhouse Expert (1990)
  • The Bedding Plant Expert (1991)
  • The New House Plant Expert (1991)
  • The Vegetable Expert (1991), 1991
  • The Garden DIY Expert (1992)
  • The Rock & Water Garden Expert (1993)
  • The Flower Arranging Expert (1994)
  • The Flowering Shrub Expert (1994)
  • The Greenhouse Expert (1994)
  • The Bulb Expert (1995)
  • The Container Expert (1995)
  • The Easy-care Garden Expert (1996)
  • The New Rose Expert (1996)
  • The New Bedding Plant Expert (1996)
  • The New Lawn Expert (1997)
  • The New Vegetable & Herb Expert (1997, revised 2014)
  • The Evergreen Expert (1998)
  • The New Flower Expert (1999)
  • The Pocket Flower Expert (2001)
  • The Pocket Garden Troubles Expert (2001)
  • The Pocket Tree & Shrub Expert (2001)
  • The Pocket House Plant Expert (2002)
  • The Pocket Vegetable Expert (2002)
  • The Home DIY Expert (2003)
  • The Garden Revival Expert (2004)
  • The House Plant Expert – Book Two (2005)
  • The Pest and Weed Expert (2007)
  • The Orchid Expert (2008)
  • The Green Garden Expert (2009)
  • The Expert Vegetable Notebook (2009)
  • The Best of Experts (2010)
  • The Garden to Kitchen Expert (Judith Wills with D.G. Hessayon) (2011)
  • The Complete Garden Expert (2012)
  • The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert (2013)
  • The New Fruit Expert (2015)