The Gardener's Cottage

Once again head gardeners at West Dean, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, will be opening their own garden for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) this coming Sunday May 22nd 2016 (11-5pm).

There will be cakes!

All proceeds goes to NGS charities and your support would be very welcome.

"The garden's not bad but the cakes will be a dieter's nightmare!" says Sarah.

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25 Years of Glorious Gardening

This year marks 25 years since our head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain first began work transforming West Dean into the award-winning gardens and pleasure grounds enjoyed today. Since they first arrived in 1991, husband and wife team, Jim and Sarah, have revitalised the 19th century landscape and overseen tremendous changes which have brought the gardens international respect from both professional horticulturalists and the visiting public.

The jewel in the crown of the walled garden has always been the magnificent set of 13 Victorian Glasshouses some of the few in the UK in full working order. The nectarine and late vinery - glasshouse 25 - is in desperate need of renovation and £40,000 is needed to complete a full restoration to preserve it for another 25 years and beyond. For more on the glasshouse appeal visit