Jim has had a long career in the Horticultural industry and, as well as being a world-renowned Alpine plant expert he has also operated a successful nursery, specialising in Alpine and Woodland plants as well as exhibiting at the very highest level in the UK and USA.
After obtaining his horticultural qualifications in 1973, Jim held a variety of posts in Germany, Italy and the U.K. and was for twenty years the proprietor of Scotland’s distinguished Edrom Nurseries, which was established in 1930. He has led many botanical tours to the Dolomites and was the Horticultural Consultant and Show Manager for Gardening Scotland, Scotland’s National Gardening Show, held in Edinburgh as well as the Ayr Flower Show.
In January 2017 he took up the post of Property Manager/Head Gardener for the National Trust for Scotland’s Branklyn Garden in Perth. The Garden enjoyed its Centenary in 2022 and received accolades from Robin Lane Fox in an article which featured in the FT Weekend, 25/26 June 2022.
He is a frequent lecturer on gardening topics in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Canada. He has written a number of books related to plants and gardens:
The Himalayan Garden, growing plants from the Roof of the World; Alpine Plants of Europe, a Gardener’s Guide; Mountain Flower Walks: The Eastern Alps, including the Dolomites.
Jim currently serves as a committee member on the RHS Joint Rock committee along with his role as a Trustee of the Merlin Trust. He also serves as a Council member of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
Jim is currently a Horticultural Consultant with J&A Consultancy, based in Haddington, East Lothian.