As we make our way through autumn, the colour palette across the gardens is changing. If you haven't caught up with your September gardening yet, make sure you read Head Gardener Tom Brown's Tips for the month. The September sunshine we enjoyed seems a distant memory as the October rain lets us know the seasons have changed. You might be better with a warming tea or hot chocolate in the Restaurant rather than an ice cream on the terrace! Have you visited Gardener's Cottage yet? Our newly opened tea room, formerly the residence of West Dean Gardens' head gardeners, is now somewhere to enjoy a pit-stop and refreshments. Only open Fridays-Sundays until 30 November, make sure you pop in soon to try the new menu. Find out more
We're pleased to say that the renovation of Glasshouse No. 16 is nearly complete. It will soon be open and ready to house the spring bulbs ready for displays next year. Glasshouses 4, 5 and 6 are also due to be finished in the next month or so. Thank you to everyone that has donated and made these renovations possible. Find out more about the Glasshouse Appeal
We have two new trainee horticulturalists who have now started at West Dean Gardens, Laura and Chantal. Both are here thanks to funding opportunities and will be with us for two years whilst studying on an RHS course one day a week.
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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.
Join the spooky Halloween fun and follow the Halloween Trail through the award-winning Gardens. Children who complete the trail will get a mouth-watering chocolate prize.
You can also make spooky Halloween paper bunting with artist and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation short course tutor, Tracey Bush. See the Spring Garden, Pergola and surrounding landscape, transformed by glorious autumn colours as you explore. Find out more