About West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England.

The History of West Dean Gardens

The restoration of the garden to get it to its current state began after the storm of 1987. Since then, Gardens Manager Jim Buckland and Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain have carried out a bold re-development programme designed to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century.

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Meet the Gardeners at West Dean

In 1991, in the aftermath of the Great Storms of 1987, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain began a programme of renovation works at West Dean Gardens. They are the inspirational leaders of the garden team, bringing zeal, imagination, deep horticultural knowledge and an ever-growing understanding and enthusiasm for the gardens and its history.

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West Dean Gardens Restaurant and Shop

The Gardens Restaurant and Shop overlooks the beautiful Lavant valley and West Dean park. The River Lavant runs alongside. Built in the local brick and flint, the licensed restaurant is light and airy with a large garden terrace where visitors can enjoy some refreshments whilst admiring the views.

The adjoining shop is the perfect place to pick up a gift or a plant for your garden.

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West Dean Gardens Opening Hours and Entry Prices

Click through for information about our opening times and admissions.

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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.