The countdown to Chilli Fiesta has begun!
If you haven't already, then take a look at the programme of events for the UK's biggest chilli festival. The gardens are looking superb too so taking time out from the jam-packed entertainment is the perfect chance to explore the summer colours and variety on show. Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain will be doing tours each day at Chilli Fiesta so do come along. With just a few days to go until the gates open for Chilli Fiesta 2017, there's still time to get your advance tickets online.
Looking good in August
Recent healthy supplies of rain in July have revitalised the garden and perked up recent plantings in the Kitchen Garden. Following on from harvested onions and potatoes, the same bed is now full of young leeks, lettuce, fennel and chard...so it's a good time to revisit to see these new beginnings including the nearby hot border which is looking…. hhhot in time for this year's Chilli Fiesta. Read more in Sarah Wain's latest blog, What's Looking Good in West Dean Gardens?
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:
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.
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.