Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • A garden design masterclass

    Lecture

    Join garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair for this gardening lecture on 16 March 2019 where he will discuss the principles of good garden design and how to strike the right balance between beauty and practicality.

    Date
    16 March 2019
    Price
    £83
  • Sowing and growing your garden

    Lecture

    Join Derry Watkins, one of the country's leading plantswomen, for this gardening lecture. Derry will discuss how seeds work and then progress to sowing, successful germination, growing on and collecting and storing your own seeds.

    Date
    30 March 2019
    Price
    £83
  • Mother's Day at West Dean Gardens

    Garden Event

    Make Mother's Day extra special with a visit that will last a season. All mums will receive a free Spring Pass*, for unlimited Gardens entry until 31 May 2019, to watch spring unfold with over 500,000 bulbs and flowers. * Terms and conditions apply

    Date
    Sunday 31 March, 9am - 5pm
    Price
    Free bunch of daffodils and a Spring Pass* (worth £19) for mums with their admission ticket
  • The Easter Trail 2019

    Garden Event

    Bring family and friends to West Dean Gardens near Chichester during the Easter holidays and follow the Easter trail for a prize at the end.The trail has two levels of difficulty, so it's suitable for all ages, and there are garden games along the way. Children can also enjoy Easter themed arts and craft activities in the Gardens' classroom.

    Explore the Gardens and see the spring flowers, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the Gardens Restaurant (breakfasts available from 9am at weekends and Bank Holidays) and browse the Shop for seasonal gifts and plants.

    Date
    Friday 19 April - Monday 22 April
  • Nigel Dunnett on planting

    Lecture

    Dr Nigel Dunnett's gardens and landscapes have lifted the spirits of city dwellers for decades. They are beautiful, uplifting places that resonate with the energy of the natural world and stop us in our tracks. In his book he shares his inspiration, philosophy and working methods. He puts his own particular style of naturalistic planting in historical context, teaches us how to read wild plant communities and understand how they behave in garden situations. Finally he shares his plant selection, which includes trees and shrubs as well as perennial and annual meadow plants, and implementation techniques in a neat planting design toolkit.

    Date
    Sunday 23 June 2019, 6pm
    Price
    £35
  • Chilli Fiesta

    Festival

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 9 - 11 August 2019
    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.

    Book your early bird tickets for 2019 now

    Date
    9 - 11 August 2019
  • More events are added throughout the year – please check back soon. You can also sign up to one of our eNewsletters to stay informed.

Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.