Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • Chilli Fiesta

    Garden Event

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 11 - 13 August 2017
    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 20% and book early bird tickets today, offer ends 25th July.

    Date
    11 - 13 August 2017
  • Tapas Evening

    Garden Event

    Join us for a Spanish evening of tapas, sangria, rioja and spanish guitar music. With a delicious menu there's a great choice for all tastes.

    Date
    Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August 2017
  • An evening with Head Gardeners Jim and Sarah

    Talk

    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.

    Date
    Tuesday 5 September, 6.30pm
    Location
    West Dean Gardens
    Price
    £15
  • Halloween Activities

    Garden Event

    Are your little monsters brave enough to follow our Halloween trail and take part in a cauldron of Halloween activities?

    Adults £8.75 Child £4.00 - Book Online Now.

    Date
    25 - 29 October 2017
  • Avant gardeners - the contemporary garden as an art form

    Talk

    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.

    Date
    Tuesday 23 January 2018
    Location
    The Old Library, West Dean College
    Price
    £30
  • Simplifying the rules - easier ways to a successful vegetable ad 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. You will discover quicker ways to achieve healthy, happy plants. Also included will be how to grow salad leaves all year, succession planting and winter vegetables, looking at garlic, onions, potato, parsnip, leeks and brassicas as well as salads, broad beans, spring onion and cabbage.

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

    Lecture

    Discover the practicalities of creating a natural garden; looking at three key elements of garden design. Firstly the concept and research needed, followed by putting your ideas into practice and lastly how to look after the developing garden and all-important maintenance tips. Keith will show how he has tried to resolve these elements during nearly 40 years studying natural landscapes around the world and experimentation at both the Garden House in Devon and more recently at his new garden at nearby Wildside

    Date
    Saturday 03 March 2018
    Location
    The Auditorium, The Edward James Studios (West Dean Gardens entrance)
    Price
    £75
  • 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.

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