Press Release: Spring into Action: Explore West Dean's Latest Gardening Courses and Cultivate Your Dream Garden!

Discover the flourishing world of horticulture and gardening as West Dean unveils its engaging gardening short courses and talks running from March to August 2024. Rooted in expertise and designed to nurture the green thumb in all of us these courses offer you the opportunity to learn more about garden design, plant care, propagation, and so much more from gardening experts and seasoned horticulturists.

Transform your garden! Now is the perfect time to reimagine and revitalise your outdoor space. West Dean's will give you the essential skills, covering the basics of site evaluation, functional layout creation, and detailed planting plans. Explore the intricacies of garden design in specialised courses such as Designing Your Own Garden (25-28 August 2024), where participants can unleash their creativity and design a garden tailored to their vision. Discover the allure of scented plants with the Planning and Planting a Scented Garden course (11 May 2024), or master the art of creating and maintaining vertical gardens in the Designing Vertical Gardens course (17-19 May 2024).

Enhance your skills with West Deans specialist gardening courses. From gaining confidence in propagation with the Plant-Led Spring Propagation course (10 March 2024) to mastering advanced kitchen gardening in Making the Most of Your Glasshouse (29 May 2024), and understanding the art of managing mixed herbaceous borders (15 June 2024), participants can choose from a diverse array of courses tailored to their specific interests.

As well as improving your skills and knowledge West Dean’s courses offer you the chance to create something beautiful and practical to add to your garden this spring. Engage in hands-on creative experiences with courses like Metalwork for the Garden (19-21 April 2024), Willow Plant Supports and Garden Structures (24-26 May 2024), and Sussex Trug Making (19-21 April 2024). These courses offer a unique opportunity to unleash creativity and enhance the aesthetic appeal of any garden.

West Dean is the perfect place to attend a gardening course set in acres of picturesque South Downs landscape and featuring one of the most significant restored gardens open to the public today. Spend your breaks wandering amongst the impressive collection of working Victorian glasshouses, a 300-foot Edwardian pergola, the working Kitchen Garden, a Spring and Woodland Garden and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree.

Find out more about all West Dean courses at or by calling 01243 818300.


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Located in the picturesque South Downs National Park, West Dean is an internationally recognized institution for arts, conservation, and creative education. With a rich heritage and stunning surroundings, it offers a unique environment for learning and creativity.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’. The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio.

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West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.


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Kathryn Follis

Marketing Manager, West Dean

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