June is a time when the Garden is bursting with fresh food, with a bountiful range of fruit and vegetables grown in the walled garden at West Dean Gardens. Head Gardener Tom will take you through good soil preparation, pruning, propagating techniques as well as the best varieties to grow and how to manage pest and diseases. West Dean Gardens is famed for its range of Victorian Glasshouses, Tom will explain and give his expert insight into how to grow tender vegetables and fruits under glass, giving his tips and an in-depth explanation into how the crops are grown `the West Dean way’.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Having worked at RHS Wisley Gardens, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials, Tom then moved to become Head Gardener at nearby Parham House for nearly ten years. Tom joined West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in May 2019 to head up the garden team and manage the impressive Kitchen Garden, Cut Flower Garden, extensive fruit collection and 13 large, Victorian Glasshouses – along with the College Grounds and Arboretum.