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25 Years of Glorious Gardening

25 Years of Glorious Gardening

Posted on 8th April 2016

This year marks 25 years since head gardeners, husband and wife, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, began the transformation of West Dean into award-winning gardens, in the wake of the Great Storms of 1987. In the years since 1991, they have revitalised the 19th century landscape and overseen tremendous changes which have brought the gardens international respect for both the quality and variety of horticultural practice.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in April

    Posted on 5th April 2016

    All hail the daffodil which is currently on parade in vast battalions throughout the gardens. Generally smaller flowering varieties have been selected for their flowering time, character and colour and happily they are bulking up nicely.

  • Winter

    Snowy scenes

    Posted on 11th December 2015

    December is a quieter period in the gardens. In the run up to the festive season - and in this very mild weather - we thought our readers would enjoy looking back at snowier times.

  • A to Z

    G is for glasshouses

    Posted on 10th November 2015

    The 13 Victorian glasshouses by Foster & Pearson are a highlight of the Kitchen Garden at West Dean. Find out more about the history and importance of the glasshouses at West Dean Gardens.

  • Looking good

    Looking good in November

    Posted on 2nd November 2015

    Glorious sunshine and mild temperatures has meant that prep for the winter at West Dean has started well. Find out what's looking good in November.

  • A to Z

    F is for flower borders

    Posted on 8th October 2015

    The flower borders at West Dean Gardens are a glorious blaze of colour during the summer months and the cutting gardens provide an almost endless supply of flowers for the House.

  • A to Z

    E is for espaliers

    Posted on 8th September 2015

    The fruit collection at West Dean Gardens feature over 100 varieties of apple and 45 varieties of pears, including heritage varieties with links to West Sussex. Read more in our West Dean Gardens blog.

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