Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • Easier ways to a successful vegetable and fruit garden

    Lecture

    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.

    Date
    Saturday 17 February 2018
    Location
    The Auditorium, The Edward James Studios (West Dean Gardens entrance)
    Price
    £75
  • Gardening for a naturalistic effect

    Lecture

    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. Photo by Richard Bloom.

    Date
    Saturday 3 March 2018
    Location
    The Auditorium, The Edward James Studios (West Dean Gardens entrance)
    Price
    £75
  • Easter Trail

    Garden Event

    Bring family and friends to West Dean Gardens and follow the Easter Trail around the gardens for a chocolate prize.
    See the spring flowers, enjoy lunch at the Gardens Restaurant and browse the shop for unique gifts.

    Date
    30 March - 3 April 2018
    Location
    West Dean Gardens
  • Easter Trail

    Garden Event

    Bring family and friends to West Dean Gardens and follow the Easter Trail around the gardens for a chocolate prize.
    See the spring flowers, enjoy lunch at the Gardens Restaurant and browse the shop for unique gifts.

    Date
    30 March - 3 April 2018
    Location
    West Dean Gardens
  • Trees and shrubs to enhance any garden

    Lecture

    Kevin is an experienced nurseryman and has for many years run a nursery at Heale House, in Wiltshire where he specialises in rare and unusual hardy trees, shrubs (especially Magnolias) and perennials. He is well known for the interesting range of plants that he has collected, bred and developed, many of which are not well known or widely available. Kevin has a particular interest in wildlife and biodiversity and so his talk will also focus on how to attract wildlife into your garden.

    Date
    Sunday 14 April 2018
    Location
    West Dean College
    Price
    £75
  • The Living Jigsaw – how to garden with wildlife in mind

    Talk

    Val will be talking about the content of her book, The Living Jigsaw, which explores gardening without using chemicals, as Val believes passionately that it's quite possible to have a beautiful flower-packed garden and help wildlife. Based on her own garden, Spring Cottage, Val's talk offers a unique insight into how natural gardens work and with much of wildlife in a terrifying decline, how gardeners can begin to nurture the planet beyond their own garden wall.

    Date
    Saturday 5 May 2018
    Location
    West Dean College
    Price
    £30
  • West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

    Festival

    Open Call to Exhibitors and Demonstrators

    Contemporary arts and craft at the UK's most unique arts destination.

    This is an amazing venue that has inspired generations of artists, makers, designers and writers - the legacy of artist and Surrealist patron Edward James. The Festival attracted 5,000 visitors last year.

    Date
    1 - 3 June 2018, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Chilli Fiesta

    Garden Event

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 10 - 12 August 2018
    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.

    Early bird rate (20% discount) Book Today.

    Date
    10 - 12 August 2018
  • More events are added throughout the year – please check back soon. You can also sign up to one of our eNewsletters to stay informed.

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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.