Explore West Dean Gardens

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and setting, West Dean is brimming with features to enjoy.

An impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a 300 foot pergola, a spring garden and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree offer year-round interest to garden visitors.

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There's still lots to see and do with some great events coming up starting with Apple Affair. Find out what's new at West Dean Gardens and enjoy unlimited entry to the gardens for six weeks with our new Autumn pass.

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Edwardian Pergola

The impressive 100 metre long pergola was designed by Harold Peto and needed extensive restoration following the 1987 storm. It is host to many varieties of magnolia, clematis, rose and honeysuckle.

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Walled Kitchen Garden

An inspiring area within the Walled Garden, heaving with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers. Beautifully laid out in a classic Victorian design.

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Spring Gardens and Pond

The Spring Gardens is a peaceful haven, full of secret walkways, flint bridges and hidden benches to sit a while away an afternoon watching some ducklings on the river.

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Sunken Garden

The beautiful Sunken Garden at West Dean reopened in the Spring of 2014 after a six year period of restoration and in July 2014 was awarded a Sussex Heritage Trust Award - Landscape & Gardens category.

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West Dean's Arboretum

St Roche's Arboretum is a must-see in late spring with an abundant display of rhododendrons and azaleas. The 2.5 mile circuit walk encompasses a fine collection of specimen trees and shrubs and breathtaking views of the Sussex Downs and of the flint house of West Dean College.

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Fruit Collections

West Dean Garden's celebrated apple collection is housed within and around the Walled Garden. There are over 100 varieties of apple and 45 varieties of pear, including heritage varieties with links to West Sussex, many of them trained into exquisite traditional shapes.

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Victorian Glasshouses

West Dean Gardens has an impressive collection of thirteen working Victorian glasshouses. There is always colour on display from the large collection of plants including exotic plants, orchids, strawberry plants, figs, nectarines, peaches, gourds, grapes and melons.

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Collections

At different times of the year, throughout the gardens and arboretum, visitors can enjoy colourful and abundant displays of collections and wildflowers.

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Photographic Exhibition

This year marks 25 years since head gardeners, husband and wife, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, began the transformation of West Dean into award-winning gardens, in the wake of the Great Storms of 1987. In the years since 1991, they have revitalised the 19th century landscape and overseen tremendous changes which have brought the gardens international respect for both the quality and variety of horticultural practice. A new photographic exhibition tells the story of 25 Years of Glorious Gardening in the renovated 'mushroom shed' at West Dean Gardens (27 May to 31 October).

Free entry with a ticket to the gardens (adult standard entry £8.50, children go FREE).

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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.