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.
The gardens are open in support of the National Gardens Scheme's Snowdrop Festival on Sunday 5 February (9am - 4pm). More than 80 gardens will open their gates during February to mark the imminent change of season and in support of charitable causes. Over 500,000 spring bulbs have been naturalised in the gardens and St Roche's Arboretum at West Dean, not only snowdrops but also Narcissi, Scilla, Lilies, Anenome, Muscari, Allium, Chinodoxia, Fritilleria, Crocus and Cyclamen.
Upcoming events at West Dean Gardens include Mother's Day (26 March), Easter Trails (13 - 17 April) and Chilli Fiesta (11 - 13 August). For opening times and more on events visit www.westdeagardens.org.uk.