Join West Dean Gardens head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain for an evening talk and tour on Tuesday 5 September. Come and hear Jim and Sarah discuss the trials and tribulations of recent work undertaken and what's new in the Gardens for 2017. Now in their 26th year at West Dean there will be some reflection on that time here as well as sharing their vision for the summer and autumn ahead.
Landscape critic and Daily Telegraph garden columnist Tim Richardson will discuss landscape and garden conceptualism worldwide, focusing on the work of key designers including Martha Schwartz and Kathryn Gustafson. These gardens rely on artificial materials, bright colours and an underlying narrative - they are gardens which can be 'read'. It's the opposite of the English country garden approach, but Tim argues that it often makes sense in urban environments. He coined the term 'landscape conceptualism' and was the first to define what has become an influential international phenomenon.
Charles Dowding explains his no-dig style of gardening, making and using compost, and sowing at the best time, especially after midsummer when shortening days mean that you reap rewards from adhering to precise sowing dates. Discover quicker ways to achieve healthy, happy plants.
Book your place for this gardening lecture with Keith Wiley. Discover the practicalities of creating a natural garden; looking at three key elements of garden design.
The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 10 - 12 August
Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.
SAVE 33% - BOOK NOW FOR 2018
(offer valid until 4 September)