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Coronavirus update 23 March 2020

Following increased emphasis by the Government on the need for social distancing, to protect the health and safety of all, the Gardens will be closed from 5pm on 23 March until further notice.

From the evening of 17 March we have closed the Gardens Shop, Restaurant and Gardeners Cottage, until at least 20 April. We will provide updates of any changes as they happen.

Read further information from Chief Executive, Alexander Barron ACA FRSA

Latest blogs

West Dean Gardens Laura Griffin Hughes, gives gardening tips for growing Stachyurus Praecox, her Gardener's Choice for February. Read more.

Last year we announced that around 100 new trees will be planted throughout the Gardens in 2020. Following the loss of some of our mature trees, the Gardens team have been hard at work planting trees such as hornbeam, oak and purple beech. Tom's update on the new generation of trees can be read on our blog here.

Mother's Day and Easter activities - CANCELLED

We regret that the Mother's Day event and our Easter trail and craft activities will now be cancelled. For those who have already bought tickets, you will be receiving a refund as soon as possible. 

West Dean Gardens wins at 2020 Global Wedding Awards

We are delighted to share the news that West Dean Gardens has been named: Best Wedding Reception Venue 2020 (West Sussex) AND Wedding Photography Venue of the Year 2020 (South East England) at the LUXlife 2020 Global Wedding Awards. Find out more about wedding receptions at West Dean Gardens here.

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Spring Pass - Unlimited entry to the Gardens from just £20

At the very reasonable price of just £20 (£22 Gift Aid) you can enjoy unlimited visits to West Dean Gardens between 1 March - 31 May 2020. See all the changes in Gardens during spring time and enjoy what we hope to be some lovely warm seasonal weather. 

Buy your Spring Pass online today

Read the full T&Cs

  • Spring Pass is valid 1 March - 31 May 2020. 
  • Entitles the adult named on the card to unlimited entry to West Dean Gardens during normal opening hours.
  • Pass must be shown upon entry on each visit.
  • Pass holders may be required to provide proof of ID.
  • The Gardens Spring Pass is non-transferable and non-refundable (including full and partial refunds and against Friend memberships).
  • If you have already paid today's entry we cannot refund it against the cost of the Spring Pass.
  • We reserve the right to refuse admission if the pass is or appears to be forged, damaged, defaced or otherwise tampered with.
  • Expired cards will not be accepted.
buy your spring pass online today

Garden Media Guild Awards

On Thursday 21 November, West Dean Gardens' Head Gardener Tom Brown and Chief Executive Alex Barron attended the prestigious Garden Media Guild Awards 2019, at The Savoy Hotel, London.

We are thrilled to announce that Tom was awarded the Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award. The judges' comments included: "Tom Brown’s quiet passion and wide-ranging horticultural skills are evident in both his writing and presenting examples, and he has a subtle yet extremely engaging style. He’s an experienced, passionate plantsman and gardener. Tom brings his subjects to life both on the page and presented to camera. His love of plants shines throughout and it is a joy to read and watch material backed up by in-depth knowledge along with a great deal of hands-on experience."

At West Dean by former Head Gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain was shortlisted for the Garden Book of the Year, and Andrea Jones, who took the photos for the book, was shortlisted for the Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year Award. 

The full list of winners can be found on the Garden Media Guild Awards' website.

The Apple Store Bookshop

The newly opened second-hand bookshop in the Apple Store is proving very popular. The store sells a wide selection of pre-loved books as well as a modest range of fresh produce and flowers handpicked by our team of garden volunteers.

Any donations of pre-loved books on gardens and gardening or arts and crafts would be very welcome. You can hand them to the staff at the Gardens Shop on your next visit, or call the Friends office on 01243 818256. All proceeds will fund the maintenance and development of some amazing new plant and flower displays across West Dean Gardens, thank you.