Rena Gardiner ran the Workshop Press from her Dorset cottage and from the mid- 1950s through to the 1980s produced some of the most imaginative and lively lithographs and books. Initially her books were self-published but then The National Trust helped with the distribution and sales of her books. In the main her subject matter was topographical and she had an absorbing interest in architecture and, above all Dorset.
Surprisingly she is little known although her small band of admirers are now gathering in numbers. In the late 1950s she met up with Noel Carrington to discuss a Puffin Picture Book but sadly nothing materialised.