What's new?

It's been wonderful to have welcomed so many visitors back to the Gardens, since reopening on 26 June. There are certain restrictions in-line with government guildelines, including adhering to social distancing rules. Please read our FAQs for more information. Pre-booking your tickets is essential in order for us to manage visitor numbers. Book online in advance here

Bringing the Gardens to you, via social media

Our social media is full of updates and developments around the Gardens as we move through Autumn. Please feel free to share your pictures, tagging @westdeangardens. See more on:

Sweet Potato Trial Update

Following their planting in May of this year in the Glasshouses, recently, Head Gardener Tom was joined (at a distance!) by Gardener Sarah Raven to dig up and weigh the sweet potatoes.

In this video, Tom tells us more about the findings from the trial, including the most successful variation, the beauregard, and the not-so-successful, the Tahiti.

Do look out for Sarah's article in The Telegraph in Summer 2021 for more images and details of the trial!

Gardeners World filming at West Dean Gardens

Gardeners' World at West Dean

If you missed West Dean Gardens on Gardener's World in the Spring then you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer here (episode 5). This series the programmes featured head gardeners from around the country, including our very own Head Gardener Tom. 

Tom spent the day showing the crew the Walled Garden, the stunning Nectarine Glasshouse, the Pergola and the Spring Gardens. He said: “I was so pleased to welcome BBC’s Gardeners’ World to West Dean Gardens on a glorious day, and I am thrilled to have been chosen for this new series of pieces focussing on Head Gardeners. The piece featuring West Dean Gardens will be the first to be shown and I am very pleased to join a prestigious line up, which also features Head Gardeners and the gardens they work at, including Sissinghurst and Ilford Manor, as well as several others.” 

Growing your own

Thinking of growing your own and wondering where to start? If the answer is 'yes', West Dean's Head Gardener, Tom Brown, is here to inspire and help you. Be sure to follow along on our social media channels (@westdeangardens) and with #westdeantogether.

How to grow salad leaves

West Dean Gardens Head Gardener, Tom Brown demonstrates how to sow and grow salad leaves from seed, as well as how to harvest leaves for continuous growing.


How to grow potatoes

In this video, Head Gardener Tom Brown demonstrates how to grow potatoes both in the ground and in a container. He also shares a clever and efficient way to back fill your holes when plating in the soil, as well as types of potatoes and when to harvest.

How to grow French beans

In this video, Tom reveals how to grow French beans, both starting them in a pot indoors and sowing directly into your garden. He also demonstrates planting climbing French beans and what to use as a frame, and gives a few tips on growing butternut squash.

How to grow pea shoots

To celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week (23-31 May 2020), Head Gardener Tom Brown is joined by his son, Oli, and the pair explain how to sow and grow pea shoots in an old gutter. If you’re keen to get your children involved in gardening, check out this informative and entertaining video together, and be inspired.

Top Tips for Dahlias

West Dean Gardens' Head Gardener, Tom Brown, shares his top tips to make sure you enjoy the dahlias in your garden all summer long - and even into the autumn. Watch for techniques to get bigger flowers and learn about live heading to give you cut flowers and more flowers for longer.

Award-winning wedding venue

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.

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