James and Helen Basson

Working in the South of France for over 16 years James and Helen Basson create beautiful, low maintenance, dry gardens that mix contemporary design with traditional skills.

Creating timeless sustainable landscapes that are sympathetic to the natural environment, we use young plants that are compatible with the native climate and soil, requiring little if any, irrigation.

Their work has won numerous awards all around the world; here in the UK in only a few years they have won two RHS silver-gilt and three gold medals.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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