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At West Dean now available!

Following the official book launch on 2 October 2018, we're happy to announce that At West Dean is now for sale in the Gardens shop. A limited number of signed copies are available, so make sure you get your copy soon! This beautiful book would make a thoughtful gift for any keen gardener, and would be a welcome addition to any bookshelf or coffee table.

At West Dean is the first book to comprehensively document the extensive and unique restoration project of West Dean Gardens; a celebration of the gardening excellence and love affair with planting that Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain have established at West Dean over a 25-year period.

Richly illustrated by award-winning garden photographer Andrea Jones, the glories of West Dean through the seasons are shown to their full extent.

Halloween activities for little monsters

Are your little monsters brave enough to follow our Halloween trail (with chocolate prize) and take part in a cauldron of Halloween activities? With face painting and crafts including paper plate spiders and ghosts, lollipop stick spooky puppets, and watercolour spiderweb paintings.

24-28 October 2018
Wed - Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
(last entry 4.30pm)

Adults £9 (normal Gardens entry). Child £5 - book online now

Award winning gardens

West Dean Gardens has won another national award! Our head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain attended the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards at Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery on Wednesday 27 June and won the "Best Gardens or Arboretum (+6 Staff)" category.

The Edward James Foundation's (inc. West Dean Gardens) Chief Executive, Alex Barron said:

"Congratulations to Jim, Sarah, the whole Gardens team and everyone involved in winning the Horticulture Week Custodian Award for 'Best Gardens or Arboretum'. It's fantastic for West Dean to be recognised in this way and to have seen off some fairly stiff competition along the way!"

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Sculptures in the Gardens

Through a partnership between West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and the Cass Sculpture Foundation, four sculptures by artist Eilís O'Connell have recently been installed in West Dean Gardens.

O'Connell hoards found objects such as discarded agricultural tools and dairy vessels, which may eventually find their way into her sculpture or become an inspiration for a form or texture. She has exhibited widely since the early seventies and has established her career largely through
public commissions with more than 20 major commissions to her credit.

Enjoy a stroll around the Spring Garden and you will see Stem, Conetwirl, Curve to Point and Squareball. All the sculptures are available to purchase through the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Please pick up an information leaflet from the West Dean Gardens Shop/Restaurant.

Photographic exhibition continues in 2018

During your visit to West Dean make sure you stop by the 'mushroom shed' to see the wonderful photo exhibition in the Kitchen Garden of before and after pictures. Created as part of our 25 years of glorious gardening celebrations in 2016 the exhibition includes images of the gardens in the early 1990s when our head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain first started working at West Dean. It gives a fantastic insight in to the work involved and the transformation is astounding! Entry to the exhibition is all included in the Gardens entry price.

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