West Dean Gardens
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs near
Chichester, award-winning West Dean Gardens is
one of the greatest restored gardens open to the
Restoration of the gardens began after the storm
of 1987 and since 1991, Gardens Manager
Jim Buckland and Gardens Supervisor Sarah
Wain have carried out a bold re-development
programme. Their vision, design, expertise and
hard work has brought the nineteenth century
gardens into the twenty-first century and West
Dean is now brimming with features for you.
Explore the restored Walled Kitchen Garden
and splendid 13 working Victorian Glasshouses
bursting with colour and variety from the seasonal
flowers, fruits and vegetables, such as dahlias,
tomatoes, chillies, apples and pears. Walk through
the stunning 300ft Edwardian Pergola, constructed
in 1912 and designed by Harold Peto, leading to
the award-winning Sunken Garden which offers
more intimacy and sense of shelter in contrast to
the spaciousness of the surrounding lawns.
Wander the Spring Garden, following the River
Lavant and admire the flint bridges, the occasional
surreal fibreglass tree and Artichoke House, an
installation by George Charman based on an
original concept by Edward James.
The circular 2.5 mile walk of St Roche’s Arboretum
offers panoramic views of the South Downs.
There have been gardens on the site since 1622
when the original manor house was built but at
the end of the nineteenth century William James,
Edward James’ father, purchased the Estate and
he made many improvements to the garden,
including rebuilding the glasshouses and the
construction of the pergola.
The Perennial 2017 Special Events programme is kindly supported by Hartley Botanic