Gardens Blog


A look back at 2019

Posted on 20th December 2019

As the end of the year approaches, we look back at highlights and achievements at West Dean Gardens in 2019. 

  • Autumn

    Autumn updates - no time for tea breaks!

    Posted on 17th October 2019

    As we approach the autumn and winter, we have been planning and strategizing for months, putting in place processes to deliver some very exciting projects for the spring/summer 2020. As a Head Gardener, like my predecessor, I’m constantly looking for unusual species and forms to continue to make the tree collection at West Dean something special and unique.

  • Spring

    Welcome to West Dean Gardens in Spring 2019

    Posted on 8th April 2019

    Complaining about the heat in February is a rare occurrence but wasn't it joyful to bask in the sun so early this year and at school, half term as well - extra bonus! The above average, seasonal temperature figures were enough to put one into a flat spin under glass though, as spring is a major sowing time and there are many little plants to fuss over. Strong winds have featured too this year so we make sure that glass is closed on windy days to protect it from sudden gusts...

  • Winter

    Welcome to West Dean Gardens in 2019

    Posted on 1st February 2019

    Who would have thought that after the heat and lack of rain of summer 2018 that we almost reach our average of 1100mm by the end of the year? Rainfall is a fascinating business and it's so interesting to see how differently it falls year on year. The River Lavant started flowing in December, which was a bit of a yah- boo to expectation.

  • Autumn

    Welcome to West Dean Gardens in Autumn

    Posted on 8th October 2018

    After recent winds it's great to see peace and quiet return to the Gardens. Don't you love the autumn light which creates such long shadows at this time of year?

  • Looking good

    What's looking good in summer - Part 2

    Posted on 9th August 2018

    Weather has not been such a hot topic for ages with the drought of June and July making us rather nervous as we watched the skies for any sign of rain. If you can keep watering the plants over summer, then displays of rudbeckias and zinnias thrive in this endless sunny weather, as you'll see in our Cutting Garden. Read more in our latest blog from Sarah Wain.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    Learn from gardening experts at Chilli Fiesta 2018

    Posted on 16th July 2018

    If you consider yourself an avid gardener, you won't want to miss this year's Chilli Fiesta, 10-12 August. The Gardening Theatre will host award-winning gardeners as they deliver tips, tricks and inside knowledge about how to make the most of your garden.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    8 reasons to camp at Chilli Fiesta 2018

    Posted on 9th July 2018

    This year's Chilli Fiesta is just around the corner, 10-12 August, and it's set to be the hottest event of the year, packed with music, food and dancing. Here are 8 reasons why you should camp at Chilli Fiesta 2018!

  • Looking good

    What's looking good in summer?

    Posted on 29th June 2018

    After a miserably cold and wet beginning to the year, West Dean Gardens is now bathed in glorious sunshine and the gardeners have changed their fretting from endless rain to endless watering as it's been so dry recently.

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