Said Kate Lowe, editor, and chair of the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards judging panel: "Our judging panel was deeply impressed with the commitment, dedication and skill of Sarah Wain and Jim Buckland and all that they have achieved at West Dean Gardens. They have developed their team and the landscape raising the prominence of the gardens in the process to great heights."
In 1991, in the wake of the Great Storm of 1987, Jim and Sarah team began the transformation of the derelict Grade II* Listed site into award-winning gardens. It has taken a lifetime of dedication, commitment and hard work to restore the many heritage features within the 19th Century landscape, which includes a 300-foot Edwardian Pergola and 13 Victorian glasshouses in a walled kitchen garden. Today West Dean is considered one of the finest historic gardens in the UK.
Let the gardens be your inspiration on a short course at West Dean College. Learn practical gardening skills or garden design from the experts. Get behind the camera lens and discover how to get the best images of the garden, or join an art course and interpret the landscape on canvas.