What's new?

Experience the joys of summer on a visit to West Dean Gardens this month, the Pergola is looking stunning and there's some hot colour coming from the chilli glasshouse, a real must see! Come and see the explosion of orange in the begonia glasshouse too, the Gardens are brimming with colour at this time of year, well worth a visit.

New late opening on Fridays and Saturdays

New for this summer, you can now come and enjoy the Gardens later on Friday and Saturdays. To make the most of the lighter and (hopefully for the most part) warmer summer evenings, the Gardens and Restaurant/Shop are now open until 9pm. This is the perfect opportunity to meet friends and enjoy a walk, drink or dinner after work, or perhaps you'd just like to see the Gardens a bit later in the day. This also means there is a new evening menu to try. Read more

Tapas evenings, 16-17 August 2019

Join us for tapas, sangria and live Spanish guitar music but get in quickly and book your table, some time slots have already sold out! Peruse the menu before you get here to get your in the summer mood. Read more

Chilli Fiesta 2020

For a very limited time only you can SAVE 30% on next years tickets. Book online by 8 September to get this great deal. Buy your 2020 ticket today!

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Tom Brown becomes the new Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens

We're delighted to announce that Tom Brown has now officially joined West Dean Gardens as the new Head Gardener. He comes from nearby Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials.

He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee and an RHS Show Judge.

Tom is already familiar with the Gardens and has lectured for West Dean College's gardening short courses for several years.

Tom tells us "I'm incredibly excited about taking up the post of Head Gardener at West Dean. I have long admired the Gardens and I'm enthusiastic about being part of its next chapter. I'm keen to develop and continue the unique artistic and horticultural collaboration - harmonising the Gardens with the College and the wider West Dean landscape."

We very much look forward to finding out what Tom has planned. Watch this space!

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