Press release: West Dean Gardens hosts an evening with Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain

Before West Dean's celebrated Head Gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain retire at the end of March, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (between 7-10pm), there will be an Evening with Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain in the Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

Tickets are now on sale to join Jim and Sarah as they talk about a life's work at West Dean Gardens and their plans for retirement. This special event also includes the opportunity to dine in one of the State rooms at West Dean and the cost will include a donation to the Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain Trainee Horticulturalist Fund, as well as Champagne and canapés, two-course spring-themed menu with wine and an after dinner talk by Jim and Sarah.

Tickets to the event cost £100 which comprises £30 for your ticket and a £70 gift-aidable donation to the Trainee Horticulturalist Fund, equivalent to one day's salary for the trainee.

For more information on the evening and to book your place please visit or call 01243 818 284.

West Dean Gardens are open to the public from February to December.

West Dean Gardens, Near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 ORX

Editor's Notes

  • West Dean Gardens is part of the Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • In the year that they retire, West Dean Gardens is establishing a fund and seeking donations, to establish a Trainee Horticulturalist post in honour of the legacy that Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain have left in the gardens; to give someone at the start of their career, the chance they need to work towards managing a garden like West Dean.
  • Jim and Sarah have spent the last 28 years revitalising the magnificent landscape and making West Dean Gardens one of the greatest restored gardens in the UK.

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