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Hills and trees in the Arboretum at West Dean Gardens in Sussex

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What's looking good in autumn

Posted on 18th October 2017

Current warm night temperatures and a very odd apocalyptic-coloured sky have graced autumnal months so far at West Dean. This unseasonal weather has kept the gardeners wondering whatever will be next and this year's weather has been so conducive for box blight, it's been unbelievable.

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    What's looking good in September

    Posted on 6th September 2017

    How quickly the seasons pass, there's a change in the air as autumn strides into view. Hey-ho it's apple harvest time and Stu has begun to harvest this year's crop. Fruit is his forté and harvesting is the natural conclusion to his fruit year. We need to plant more fruit trees, don't you think?

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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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