West Dean Gardens
West Dean Gardens is joining the Royal Horticultural Society in celebrating National Gardening Week (13 – 19 April). Launched four years ago by the RHS it has grown into the UK’s biggest celebration of gardening. On National Gardens Open Day (Friday 17 April) visitors will be able to explore the award-winning West Dean Gardens. For this special day only the Gardens are offering free entry for Adults. Children go FREE all year round.
“Now is the time at West Dean to see wonderful displays of spring salad leaves in the vegetable frame and potted plants under glass, perfect for keen grow-your-own gardeners everywhere,” says Sarah Wain, Gardens Supervisor at West Dean. “The Victorian glasshouses are full of tropical plants, ferns, orchids, and auriculas while outside, daffodils are waving madly along with other seasonal bulbs and wildflowers.”
Explore the award-winning Sunken Garden at the eastern end of the Edwardian Pergola, step into the Walled Garden and admire the fruit trees coming into blossom amid a carpet of primroses. The glasshouses will be showing new growth on the peach, nectarines and vines and out in the Kitchen Garden see the first protected plantings under cloches.
The gardens team at West Dean have planted over 500,000 bulbs to ensure the gardens look spectacular in spring – look out for Snakes Head Fritillaries, Grape Hyacinth and Scillas.
Finish your visit with a two and a half mile circular walk around the peaceful arboretum which offers breathtaking views of the South Downs and West Dean College. Enjoy a home cooked lunch or a delicious cream tea in the Gardens Restaurant, or browse the unique gifts in the Gardens Shop. www.westdean.org.uk/gardens
2015 Garden Events
West Dean House Opening, 9 – 10 May
West Dean Design & Craft Fair, featuring MADE, 19 -21 June
20th Anniversary Chilli Fiesta, 7 – 9 August
Apple Affair, 3 – 4 October
Half term week Halloween Activities, 26 – 31 October
Free parking. Free admission to Shop and Restaurant. Dogs on short leads welcome.