We're delighted to now be open for 2017. Opening hours remain the same; weekdays we open from 10.30am and at weekends and Bank Holidays we're open from 9am. The signs of spring are all over the gardens with lovely clusters of snowdrops, hellebores, crocuses and more.
We had an excellent first weekend open and hope that those of you who visited enjoyed what you saw. The Gardeners and their volunteers have been working hard over the winter preparing, tidying and planning for the year. We have to make a special mention to the new car park, revamped to provide more spaces for easy parking.
Our Gardens Restaurant has a new menu ready for you to try, so do visit for lunch or afternoon tea or breakfast at weekends. Our Gift Shop has some lovely new stock, and Christmas may be a distant memory but for those of you looking for a bargain (and good at planning) there's currently up to 70% off Christmas items.
Looking Good in February
Our latest blog by Sarah Wain is now out. Do have a read to catch up on what's been going on. The river levels are low, and Sarah explains why. Also read more about areas of recent hard work, particularly that undertaken by our very own Anne, the Border Queen. Read West Dean Gardens blog.
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.