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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!

  • Guest Bloggers

    Simply the Bao-Best! The African Chef at Chilli Fiesta

    Posted on 20th July 2015

    Malcolm Riley, a self taught chef, recipe creator and entrepreneur behind 'The African Chef' brand, was born and raised in Zambia. He moved to the UK 15 years ago carrying with him a real passion for food, coming from his Mother's great love of cooking.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good In July

    Posted on 15th July 2015

    My my my hasn't it been warm so far in July? Those poor people who have to work in offices then make their way home on buses or the tube - don't you pity them while you're strolling around West Dean Gardens gazing on the bucolic South Downs scenery whilst taking in the more recent work of the gardens team.

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