Paxton is proud to be an author-publisher house. The background is a lifetime of writing and teaching creative writing, and unique experiences to share. The books: more specific than mainstream publishing allows for. Click here for information on author-publisher Susan Lee Kerr.
The back garden, so to speak, is Chiswick House and Gardens, just down the lane from where Paxton books originate. The villa and gardens were brought to glory in the 18th and 19th centuries. First, by the 3rd Earl of Burlington, then by the 5th and 6th Dukes of Devonshire.
It was the 6th Duke who met Joseph Paxton, over his back fence — that is, the wall of the Horticultural Society (not yet Royal) where the lad was a talented gardener. So talented that the Duke stole him away to be head gardener at Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Paxton designed those grand gardens, and did much more, like breeding the Cavendish banana (the sort we eat today), and creating The Crystal Palace.
The kind of person who can grow from seedlings to glass palaces is the inspiration for the name Paxton Publishing.