Wherever you walk in the gardens there is plenty to see in May. The pots of tulips provide a burst of colour walking through the Walled Gardens and make sure you admire the handiwork of Anne, the border queen, whose hazel structures are all through the gardens. In fact, all the gardeners are whirling like dervishes this month as spring tasks in the gardens build up exponentially.
May is National Walking Month, and with a Spring Pass it's the perfect chance to walk more around West Dean Gardens, the Arboretum is certainly worth a look. Available from the Gardens Shop for just £17, enjoy unlimited entry to the Gardens until 31 May, don't forget there's a Bank Holiday before then too when we're open from 9am. What better way to get out in the warm spring weather and everyone can explore the gardens? Read our full Spring Pass T&Cs.
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.
Our latest blog by Sarah Wain is here to read. Every spring month has a floristic emblem which captures the imagination and delights the heart and this month it's the turn of cowslips, you'll be absolutely bowled over by them. Read more.
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:
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.
Unlimited entry to the glorious Gardens for just £17 (Gift Aid £18.80)
Available to purchase from the Gardens shop