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K is for kitchen garden

Posted on 1st December 2016

The walled kitchen garden at West Dean was the original "top ground" or upper kitchen garden, with the existing layout developed in the 1990's. Today the area is laid out using the classic Victorian design. Read more about this award-winning area which attracts visitors from around the world.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in November at West Dean Gardens

    Posted on 8th November 2016

    Gorgeous autumnal weather - dry still and colourful means there's something for everyone to enjoy in the gardens. Glasshouse cleaning has started in earnest and we're moving from a season of glasshouse displays to the housekeeping months, so still a busy time.

  • A to Z

    J is for Jim

    Posted on 19th October 2016

    For the past 25 years Jim Buckland has managed West Dean Gardens with Sarah Wain, Gardens Supervisor. Read more about Jim in this blog with his plants by numbers....

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in October

    Posted on 4th October 2016

    Autumn weather can be glorious - it's my favourite season, and we're hoping that the sun will shine this autumn to entice you into the gardens at West Dean.

  • Apple Affair

    Countdown to Apple Affair

    Posted on 23rd September 2016

    The line-up for Apple Affair has been finalised, the apples from the orchards have all been gathered in, the chefs have done their prep and the band is ready to entertain...

  • 25 Years of Glorious Gardening

    Let's (garden) party

    Posted on 21st September 2016

    In 1991 Head Gardeners, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, began renovating the 19th century landscape at West Dean Gardens. To mark this we've been celebrating 25 Years of Glorious Gardening this year at West Dean which we continued with a Garden Party on the picnic lawn.

  • Gardens team

    Discover more about life as a garden volunteer

    Posted on 12th August 2016

    Find out what's involved in volunteering at West Dean Gardens in this blog about Thelma Jack, a keen gardener and horticulturist, who has been helping out for over nine years at West Dean. Having trained as a teacher, studied horticulture and taught rural science for many years, Thelma certainly has a lot to offer. The team spirit between the staff and volunteers makes her feel like they are one big family.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    BBC Gardener's Question Time comes to Chilli Fiesta

    Posted on 4th August 2016

    West Dean Gardens will be welcoming the BBC Radio Four Gardener's Question Time to Chilli Fiesta tomorrow Friday 5 August. The massively popular gardening show will be recorded before a studio audience at the festival the same day.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in August

    Posted on 3rd August 2016

    Is there a more exhausting job than hauling long one-inch diameter hoses full of water around a garden and remembering to turn them off and on? Probably, but at the time it doesn't seem that way. After all the rain in June, July has been incredibly dry at West Dean, great for flowers but not so great for vegetables.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    It's getting hot, hot, hot!

    Posted on 1st August 2016

    Let the countdown to Chilli Fiesta commence... only 4 days to go! The kitchen is heating up with many chilli-related cooking demonstrations, talks and even a Q and A session over the festival weekend.

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