West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

Visitors can explore a wide range of features on a gentle walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden, West Dean Gardens proudly presents its rich creative and social heritage.

A stop in our Visit England-endorsed restaurant and on-site shop will complete every visit.

Yours to explore

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and setting, West Dean is brimming with features to enjoy.

An impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a 300 foot pergola, a spring garden and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree offer year-round interest to garden visitors.

Explore the gardens

About the gardens

View a map of the gardens, meet the gardening team and find out what’s new in the garden this month. Learn about the history of the gardens and how they became what they are today.

Restaurant and Shop

Our Gardens Restaurant has a Visit England Quality Café status (2014). Relax and enjoy home cooked food overlooking the South Downs. Browse the extensive plant and gift range in the shop and treat yourself to something special.

Garden Walks

Whether you want a short stroll or an energetic walk, there are plenty of marked routes around the gardens and parkland. Wander down to the spring garden, find Edward James’ grave deep in the Arboretum, or take the climb to the top of the parkland and admire the sweeping vistas of the Downs.

Garden Gallery

West Dean Gardens Events

Upcoming events at West Dean Gardens

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Upcoming events

Apple Affair
3 - 4 October 2015
Old plants, new plants - how to select the very best of both for your garden
Saturday 24 October 2015

Gardens Blog

Knowing your onions

Posted on August 4, 2015 by West Dean Gardens

Towards the end of July a couple of inches of much-needed rain fell. The summer rains have not made much of an appearance so far this year so we really, really appreciated it when it finally arrived. After all the rain last year, this year's dry weather is capping the growth of the garden, you know how it is - gardeners are never really happy with the weather.

Veg Talk: Our spuds, onions and their allies have been harvested in the kitchen garden leaving room to plant chicory endive and radicchio modules. There is also space for more sowings of beetroot, chard, spring onions and carrots for baby vegetables towards the end of the season. These crops relish the fertility and friability of the vacated potato ground and along with leeks, thrive here in the second half of the season.

To read more about this story visit the Gardens Blog

Try a garden-themed creative short course

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.

Find out more about gardening courses and talks or the wide range of creative courses available here.

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Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.