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Toby Buckland is a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster, author and a lifelong gardener known for his earthy, hands on style. Toby is an acknowledged all-rounder with that rare ability to make gardening accessible to all.
His career has taken him from Devon nurseryman, to professional gardener and on to presenting numerous TV shows. He has set up his own online Nursery, Toby Buckland Nurseries at Powderham Castle, Devon, but is best known for his time on BBC Gardeners' World. Other TV credits include Home Front in the Garden, Garden Magic and For Peat's Sake, for which he was given an Environmental Award in 2009, by the Garden Media Guild. He is an award winning garden designer, taking RHS Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners' World Live, in 2008.
He lectures and writes for a variety of horticultural journals and newspapers, which include Amateur Gardening, The English Garden, Gardeners' World Magazine, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday. He is the author of five gardening books, including his latest BBC book “Flowers, Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour” published in April 2011.
Sarah grew up in Cornwall, moved to London after college, trained originally as a dressmaker, and later as a gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden, Askham Bryan College and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. While at Kew, she began broadcasting with a London radio station, LBC, and after Kew, became Head Gardener at ICI's prestigious conference centre.
She moved to Devon, led garden tours of RHS Rosemoor, and ran her own garden design business. Since 1999, she has been the weekly 'garden expert' on BBC Radio Devon's Potting Shed.
In 2000, she went full-time at RHS Rosemoor, and is the Education and Learning Manager for the curricular education of 6300 children a year, the Adult Learning Programme of 75 workshops and demonstrations, and major art exhibitions.
In her spare time, Sarah gives talks to gardening clubs, sings in the Exeter Philharmonic Choral Society and is the gardening presenter for the online channel, sw1tv.