Gardens Blog

Autumn

Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?

Posted on 2nd September 2015

Apples specifically help improve the functioning of the bacteria living inside of our large intestine, and early studies show that apples change the metabolism within the digestive tract and change the balance of bacteria. Read more about the health benefits of apples in our blog.

  • Summer

    Dahlias – the Barbara Windsor’s of the Flower World!

    Posted on 27th August 2015

    When I started my horticultural career as a jobbing gardener at Haringey Council in North London, much of the work was mundane and pretty unrewarding. However every day during the late summer and until the first frosts, my heart was lifted by the technicolor blooms of an astonishing collection of dahlia plants.

  • A to Z

    D is for door latch

    Posted on 13th August 2015

    The door handles of the glasshouses at West Dean Gardens were designed to allow easy opening for gardeners with their hands full of tools. Read more in our blog.

  • Summer

    West Dean Gardens - July 2014

    Posted on 6th August 2015

    June was a wonderful month for a garden visit to West Dean and July looks set to be the same. Plenty of sun filled days after the relentless winter rain have put a skip into the visitors step as they come along to enjoy all aspects of the gardens and there is certainly plenty here to tempt them.

  • Summer

    Heating Up In August

    Posted on 6th August 2015

    Wow! What a difference warm weather makes to a garden! So far this summer the flower display in the cutting garden and on the borders in the Walled Garden is looking fantastic with the rudbeckia trial taking pride of place. Beneficial insects and butterflies are having a field day too.

  • Looking good

    Knowing your onions

    Posted on 4th August 2015

    After all the rain last year, this year's dry weather is capping the growth of the garden, you know how it is - gardeners are never really happy with the weather but our spuds, onions and their allies have now been harvested in the kitchen garden.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    9 Days 9 Stalls, Part 1: Tasty Treats and Cosy Feet

    Posted on 30th July 2015

    With 9 days to go until festival time and with 180 stalls to peruse through at the 20th West Dean Chilli Fiesta, there's an almost endless supply of garden and chilli-based produce to enjoy including food, drink, souvenirs and gadgets!

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