JIM BUCKLAND graduated with honours from the world famous Diploma in Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He managed historic public gardens in both Australia and the UK before arriving at West Dean Gardens as gardens manager in 1991. He is a trustee of the Professional Gardeners’ Trust and was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for distinguished service to horticulture in his professional working life. Jim’s role at the gardens in multi-faceted but he has a particular passion for the St Roche’s Arboretum which he has reimagined as a tranquil haven of wildflower glades while introducing new tree and shrub planting and applying careful custodianship of its extensive mature tree collection. He has lectured both in the UK and abroad and is a regular contributor to magazines.
SARAH WAIN gained a Diploma in Horticultural Science Australia and then worked in the temperate department at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for three years. She managed a local council nursery and the gardens at Burnley Horticultural College in Australia before joining West Dean Gardens as gardens supervisor in 1991. Sarah is a member of the RHS Vegetable Trials Forum and is a recipient of the Professional Gardeners’ Guild ‘Loyal and Outstanding Service Award’ and the Institute of Horticulture Award. Sarah is a horticultural polymath and is, among other things, the brains behind West Dean’s wide range of glasshouse crops including ferns, exotic ornamentals, chillies and tomatoes.