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

    All the slots to see Father Christmas are now full, we do wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at West Dean Gardens very soon.

    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
  • 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.

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,
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