Gardens Blog

  • Chilli Fiesta

    Chilli On The Horizon: A Trip To The Theatre Anyone?

    Posted on 18th June 2015

    With the West Dean Chilli Fiesta just around the corner and celebrating its 20th year of scorching the tongues of countless iron stomached patrons young and old, what better way to begin our build-up of one of the biggest and best chili festivals.

  • Summer

    Summer Is Here As We Go 'Wild' At West Dean

    Posted on 9th June 2015

    I'm going to start with an invitation, well more of plea really to come along to West Dean soon to admire the wild flowers in the gardens and arboretum - it really is a delightful show and like all good things will come to an end soon.

  • 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.

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