Garden party celebrates husband and wife team’s work to restore West Dean Gardens

Celebrating the work to restore West Dean Gardens

Celebrating the work to restore West Dean Gardens

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Horticulturist and former director on the Eden Project Peter Thoday returned to West Dean Gardens, where he was the key speaker at a Garden Party attended by VIP guests, trustees and present and former gardens staff and volunteers.

The party, held on Friday, was in celebration of a lifetime’s work by head gardeners, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain. Peter presented BBC’s The Victorian Garden, a 13-part British television series in 1987 and it was this series that inspired husband and wife team, Jim and Sarah, to restore West Dean Gardens 25 years ago. Peter said: “The gardens at West Dean are the best place in Britain to see the skills that underpin the craft of gardening practice to perfection”. Alex Barron, chief executive of The Edward James Foundation presented Jim and Sarah with gifts.

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