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Autumn at West Dean Gardens in West Sussex

Looking good

Looking Good in November at West Dean Gardens

Posted on 8th November 2016

Gorgeous autumnal weather - dry still and colourful means there's something for everyone to enjoy in the gardens. Glasshouse cleaning has started in earnest and we're moving from a season of glasshouse displays to the housekeeping months, so still a busy time.

  • A to Z

    J is for Jim

    Posted on 19th October 2016

    For the past 25 years Jim Buckland has managed West Dean Gardens with Sarah Wain, Gardens Supervisor. Read more about Jim in this blog with his plants by numbers....

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in October

    Posted on 4th October 2016

    Autumn weather can be glorious - it's my favourite season, and we're hoping that the sun will shine this autumn to entice you into the gardens at West Dean.

  • 25 Years of Glorious Gardening

    Let's (garden) party

    Posted on 21st September 2016

    In 1991 Head Gardeners, Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, began renovating the 19th century landscape at West Dean Gardens. To mark this we've been celebrating 25 Years of Glorious Gardening this year at West Dean which we continued with a Garden Party on the picnic lawn.

  • Gardens team

    Discover more about life as a garden volunteer

    Posted on 12th August 2016

    Find out what's involved in volunteering at West Dean Gardens in this blog about Thelma Jack, a keen gardener and horticulturist, who has been helping out for over nine years at West Dean. Having trained as a teacher, studied horticulture and taught rural science for many years, Thelma certainly has a lot to offer. The team spirit between the staff and volunteers makes her feel like they are one big family.

  • Looking good

    Looking Good in August

    Posted on 3rd August 2016

    Is there a more exhausting job than hauling long one-inch diameter hoses full of water around a garden and remembering to turn them off and on? Probably, but at the time it doesn't seem that way. After all the rain in June, July has been incredibly dry at West Dean, great for flowers but not so great for vegetables.

  • Chilli Fiesta

    It's getting hot, hot, hot!

    Posted on 1st August 2016

    Let the countdown to Chilli Fiesta commence... only 4 days to go! The kitchen is heating up with many chilli-related cooking demonstrations, talks and even a Q and A session over the festival weekend.

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