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The joys of June...and garden maintenance!

The Gardens team have been working away as usual getting things in tip top shape. Shaun, the kitchen gardener, has once again whipped the vegetable garden into line and Andy and Alex are making inroads on painting the outside of the tropical and temperate houses. Aussie Rob and Finnish Minna have helped with the minutiae of time-consuming horticultural activities such as tying in, staking, sweeping, weeding, potting, picking over crops and of course watering. Yes folks - it's now garden maintenance time! Read more about what's looking good in June in our latest blog by Sarah Wain.

Fruit and vegetable days for 2017

Young salad leaves and herbs from the gardens are regularly used in the Gardens Restaurant but this year we are also promoting specific crops, some delicious recipes will be cooked up using our own grown fruit and veg. Here are the next few dates coming up:

  • Wednesday 28 June - Soft fruit day
  • From Monday 10 July - Carrot Week
  • Wednesday12 July - Soft Fruit Day
  • Wednesday 21 July - Courgette Day
  • Wednesday 28 July - Chard Day

Pergola Theatre tickets and picnics now on sale

As part of the Festival of Chichester we are delighted to welcome back New Theatre Productions presenting two plays 26 June - 7 July, The Drunkard or Down with Demon Drink! By Brian J. Burton
(directed by John Hyatt) and Entertaining Angels by Richard Everett (directed by Carol Hicks).

The Gardens Restaurant is open until 7.30pm each evening where you can enjoy pre-theatre light refreshments or picnics can be ordered in advance to enjoy on the lawn. Find out more.

Plant sales and offers

Our Gift Shop has some lovely spring stock, regularly replenished. It's looking great with loads of lovely gifts and treats for all ages and tastes. The plant selection is looking great with a variety to choose from in our outside plant sale area. Don't miss our special offers and discounts.

Photographic exhibition continues in 2017

Due to its popularity we are keeping our photographic exhibition open for 2017. Created as part of our 25 years of glorious gardening celebrations in 2016 the exhibiton 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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