Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • Christmas Lunches

    Talk

    Enjoy a delicious three-course traditional Christmas lunch with family or friends at West Dean Gardens Restaurant, from £27.50pp. Now taking bookings for Mondays-Fridays between 4 - 21 December 2017. Book by phone or online.

    Date
    4 - 21 December 2017, Mondays - Fridays
    Location
    West Dean Gardens Restaurant
  • Visit Father Christmas

    Garden Event

    Father Christmas Visits 9 - 10 and 16 - 17 December 2017

    Bring your family to visit Father Christmas at West Dean Gardens. Each child booked in to see Father Christmas will receive a small gift, plus there's Christmas craft activities. We have mulled wine & mince pies for the adults too.

    Date
    9 - 10 & 16 - 17 December 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
  • 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.

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

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