As we start to see some sunnier days, walks around the Gardens are brighter and the signs of spring are definitely starting to show. See the amazing carpet of crocuses in the orchard and daffodils in the Spring Gardens.
West Dean Gardens Laura Griffin Hughes, gives gardening tips for growing Stachyurus Praecox, her Gardener's Choice for February. Read more
Easter trail and activities 10-13 April
Easter holiday family fun is now taking bookings. Bring family and friends to the Gardens 10-13 April to follow the Trail, take part in interactive games and try your hand at a selection of arts and crafts activities. Read more and book
We're delighted to share that the Fern Glasshouse and Glasshouse 16 have now been fully restored, and the largest Glasshouse - the Peach and Tomato house - is in the final stages of completion. We look forward to seeing the new planting going in there in the New Year. Thank you to everyone that has donated and made these renovations possible. Find out more about the Glasshouse Appeal
The new generation of trees
Last year we announced that around 100 new trees will be planted throughout the Gardens in 2020. Following the loss of some of our mature trees, the Gardens team have been hard at work planting trees such as hornbeam, oak and purple beech. Tom's update on the new generation of trees can be read on our blog here.
Gardeners Cottage (currently closed for the winter)
Our new additional tea room, which first opened in autumn 2019 and formerly the residence of West Dean Gardens' head gardeners, is somewhere to enjoy a pit-stop and refreshments. We look forward to it re-opening Fridays-Sundays from 20 March.
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At the very reasonable price of just £20 (£22 Gift Aid) you can enjoy unlimited visits to West Dean Gardens between 1 March - 31 May 2020. See all the changes in Gardens during spring time and enjoy what we hope to be some lovely warm seasonal weather.
On Thursday 21 November, West Dean Gardens' Head Gardener Tom Brown and Chief Executive Alex Barron attended the prestigious Garden Media Guild Awards 2019, at The Savoy Hotel, London.
We are thrilled to announce that Tom was awarded the Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award. The judges' comments included: "Tom Brown’s quiet passion and wide-ranging horticultural skills are evident in both his writing and presenting examples, and he has a subtle yet extremely engaging style. He’s an experienced, passionate plantsman and gardener. Tom brings his subjects to life both on the page and presented to camera. His love of plants shines throughout and it is a joy to read and watch material backed up by in-depth knowledge along with a great deal of hands-on experience."
At West Dean by former Head Gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain was shortlisted for the Garden Book of the Year, and Andrea Jones, who took the photos for the book, was shortlisted for the Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year Award.
The full list of winners can be found on the Garden Media Guild Awards' website.
The newly opened second-hand bookshop in the Apple Store is proving very popular. The store sells a wide selection of pre-loved books as well as a modest range of fresh produce and flowers handpicked by our team of garden volunteers.
Any donations of pre-loved books on gardens and gardening or arts and crafts would be very welcome. You can hand them to the staff at the Gardens Shop on your next visit, or call the Friends office on 01243 818256. All proceeds will fund the maintenance and development of some amazing new plant and flower displays across West Dean Gardens, thank you.