About West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens in West Sussex 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

Tom Brown has joined West Dean Gardens as the new Head Gardener. He comes to us from nearby Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials.

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Restaurant and Gift 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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Bride and groom in the West Dean Gardens Pergola

Wedding Receptions in West Dean Gardens

Celebrate your wedding day in style at West Dean Gardens in West Sussex. Marquee or tipi wedding receptions for up to 200 guests are held on the picnic lawn or front lawn and the features of the award-winning Gardens offer idyllic photo opportunities.

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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.