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Experience the joys of summer on a visit to West Dean Gardens this month, the Pergola is looking stunning. Come and see the explosion of orange in the begonia glasshouse or the growing chillies in preparation for Chilli Fiesta. The Gardens are brimming with colour at this time of year, well worth a visit.

New late opening on Fridays and Saturdays

New for this summer, you can now come and enjoy the Gardens later on Friday and Saturdays. To make the most of the lighter and (hopefully for the most part) warmer summer evenings, the Gardens and Restaurant/Shop are now open until 9pm. This is the perfect opportunity to meet friends and enjoy a walk, drink or dinner after work, or perhaps you'd just like to see the Gardens a bit later in the day. This also means there is a new evening menu to try. Read more

West Dean Summer Show 2019, 6-12 July

If you are visiting the Gardens in July, then why not also come and see the West Dean Summer Show? This free exhibition showcases original work by emerging artists, currently studying at West Dean College. It is held in the Edward James Studios, just near the Gardens car park. Read more

NEW ticket offer for Chilli Fiesta 2019

If you are starting to plan your summer, then make sure you have Chilli Fiesta on the calendar, 9-11 August, we've got some fantastic dancers, demonstrators and music acts on the line-up. Early bird tickets SAVE 10% but if you double up and buy 2 adult tickets for the same day, you will save 20% off the standard price. Read more about Chilli Fiesta 2019

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Tom Brown becomes the new Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens

We're delighted to announce that Tom Brown has now officially joined West Dean Gardens as the new Head Gardener. He comes from nearby Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials.

He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee and an RHS Show Judge.

Tom is already familiar with the Gardens and has lectured for West Dean College's gardening short courses for several years.

Tom tells us "I'm incredibly excited about taking up the post of Head Gardener at West Dean. I have long admired the Gardens and I'm enthusiastic about being part of its next chapter. I'm keen to develop and continue the unique artistic and horticultural collaboration - harmonising the Gardens with the College and the wider West Dean landscape."

We very much look forward to finding out what Tom has planned. Watch this space!

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