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 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.
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
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
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.
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.