Gardens Blog

Chilli Fiesta

Sarah Wain’s Top Ten chilli varieties

Posted on 27th May 2015

Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens' chilli growing expert, grows around 250 varieties of chillies in the Victorian Glasshouses in the Kitchen Gardens. Here, Sarah shares her top ten chillies to grow for their special qualities...

  • Guest Bloggers

    Mark Diacono Has The Builders In

    Posted on 18th May 2015

    So, after all the planning processes and architect's meetings, it looks like the creation of the Otter Farm Kitchen Garden School will begin this summer. It's hard to imagine diggers, cranes, be-hatted builders and daily deliveries will soon be busying over this space, but hopefully they will.

  • Guest Bloggers


    Posted on 3rd May 2015

    One of the great advantages of gardening in Britain is the opportunity to grow an enormous range of plants. For this we owe a great debt to the plant hunters, who have furbished our gardens with treasures gathered, often under considerable duress, from around the world.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in May

    Posted on 29th April 2015

    May is a busy month in the gardeners' calendar. Here in Sussex, a rather cool north westerly is blowing even though the skies are blue. However spring is well and truly here.

  • A to Z

    B is for Blossom

    Posted on 21st April 2015

    There are around 100 varieties of apples and 45 of pears in the orchards in the Walled Garden at West Dean many grown espalier-style around the walls. Read more in our West Dean Gardens blog.

  • Summer

    Garden Styles

    Posted on 8th April 2015

    I'm a great believer in "an Englishman's home is his castle" so I have no desire to proscribe gardening style. Equally I look to nature for inspiration and guidance in how I garden and the first comment in relation to the regimental approach above is that nature doesn't "do" bare soil.

  • National Gardening Week

    RHS National Gardening Week 2015

    Posted on 1st April 2015

    West Dean Gardens is joining the Royal Horticultural Society in celebrating National Gardening Week (13 - 19 April). Launched four years ago by the RHS it has grown into the UK's biggest celebration of gardening.

  • A to Z

    A is for Apples

    Posted on 20th March 2015

    The fruit collection at West Dean Gardens features over 100 varieties of apple and 45 varieties of pears, many of them trained into exquisite traditional shapes. There is, however, more to an apple than a quick bite.

  • Guest Bloggers

    Potty Time by Harriet Rycroft

    Posted on 18th March 2015

    Have you taken a leaf out of West Dean's book and your garden is tickety-boo? Plants firmly pruned, spare pots washed and stacked? Paths swept and seeds sown in a timely manner?

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