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What's looking good in August

Posted on 28th July 2017

Glorious summer weather greeted our garden visitors earlier this summer and after a turn on TV's Gardeners' World recently with mouth-watering aerial shots of the gardens, even more people are coming to discover the delights of West Dean.

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    What's looking good in June

    Posted on 5th June 2017

    As mad May segues into a calmer June, now we just have to keep on top of weeds and watering! Yes folks - it's garden maintenance time! Anne, the border queen, has her work cut out as she keeps her climbing charges under control on the Pergola, House and in the Walled Garden and Shaun, the kitchen gardener, has once again whipped the vegetable garden into line. Read more about what's looking good in West Dean Gardens in June.

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    What's looking good in May

    Posted on 28th April 2017

    Now listen you lot, I know that many of you are keen to see wildflowers and lots of them, so all I can do is invite you to visit the gardens to walk up to the Arboretum to see the sheets of cowslips which are looking truly splendid at the moment. Read more in the latest blog by Sarah Wain.

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    What's looking good in April

    Posted on 7th April 2017

    Fritillaries are the flowery beacons of early April in the orchard at West Dean Gardens. Generally the appearance of all/any bulb is a treat, even blousy pink tulips that are currently frolicking in the Walled Garden are eye-catchers, wear your sunglasses though as they're so bright.

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    Looking Good in March

    Posted on 3rd March 2017

    At this time of year gardeners are delighted to see the first naturalised bulb displays as some sort of payback for a less-than-thrilling two months of cutting back herbaceous and applying compost and bark mulch over winter. Read more in our latest blog by Sarah Wain.

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    Spring re-opening

    Posted on 30th January 2017

    It may still officially be winter but it is a good time to get out on a crisp sunny day to enjoy the displays of snowdrops, the harbinger of spring, at West Dean. The award-winning gardens re-open on 3 February after the winter closure.

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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.

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    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.

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