Thank you for visiting the Friends membership page. Regrettably, we are unable to process new membership requests during this period of lockdown.

Please be assured, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Best wishes

The Friends' Team




Become a Friend of West Dean today. West Dean College and Gardens is a special place with so much to discover.  Enjoy unlimited visits, get exclusive access to events and discounts, and support our work to inspire learning in arts and conservation. 

Be part of the story!

Make the most of West Dean with unlimited visits for you and your loved ones. Become a member today or buy the perfect gift for someone special.

With acres of extraordinary pleasure grounds to explore and a changing vista throughout the seasons, there is so much at West Dean to inspire and entertain you all year round.

What’s more, by becoming a Friend, you’ll be supporting our mission to inspire learning in the arts and conservation for everyone.

'West Dean Gardens are so special because they are where horticultural skills are honed, traditions preserved and plants of all types grown and tested.'

TOBY BUCKLAND, Gardener and TV presenter.


We've suspended event bookings for now.  If you have booked a place on a Friend-only event which has to be cancelled due to coronavirus, you will be able to convert this to a donation in support of the Gardens or receive a full refund.  We will contact you individually.
To enhance your Friend membership, we are pleased to offer a programme of exclusive Friends-only events in 2020, giving you the opportunity to enjoy private access to the Gardens and College, to meet like-minded Friends and members of the Fundraising and Gardens Teams.
Friends with an individual membership may buy one ticket for each event, those with individual and guest and joint memberships may buy two tickets for each event.


See the full list of Friend-only events here

Dawn Chorus Walk to the Arboretum
Friday 24 April, 5.00-6.30am, Gardens, Arboretum and College


Foxgloves Display Private View
Friday 5 June/Friday 19 June, 6.00-9.30pm (approximate finishing time)
Gardens and Gardens Restaurant



Friends' Garden Party
Sunday 19 July, 6.00-8.00pm

West Dean Gardeners' Question Time
Friday 11 September, 6.00-8.00pm, in the Old Library and Oak Hall, West Dean College

West Dean's own version of the popular Radio Programme. On our panel will be West Dean Head Gardener, Tom Brown; Martin Duncan, Head Gardener, Arundel Castle; Benjamin Pope, Head Gardener, Trotton Place Private Estate, with Annie Guilfoyle, Creative Landscape, garden design consultancy and West Dean College Tutor, as the compère.

When you book your tickets, you will be invited to send us your gardening question. We will let you know if your question has been selected for the evening. Question Time will be followed by drinks and a buffet of small bowl food and mini desserts in the Oak Hall, with the opportunity to meet the panellists.

Tickets £25


Christmas Carols at West Dean
Thursday 10 December, two performances 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Old Library and Oak Hall, West Dean College

Look out for information about all our Christmas activities at West Dean later in the year.  Bookings for the Friend Carols and other events will open nearer the time.

Contact the Friends Team

The Friends office is open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.

You can contact us via email or telephone us on 01243 818256.

Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.