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Chilli Festival at West Dean Gardens

Chilli Festival at West Dean Gardens, West Sussex

This Weekend 11/13th August, 2017


The original manor house of West Dean in Sussex was built in 1622 by James Lewkenor. The house we see there now was built in 1804, and at this time the gardens were made larger, parklands developed, and the kitchen garden moved to its current location and enclosed by walls.

After the storms of 1987 there has been major garden restoration carried out by the Garden Manager, Jim Buckland, and Gardens Supervisor, Sarah Wain.

The 90 acres of gardens containing many mature trees and beautiful flowers have been divided into four distinct areas, the entrance, walled garden, the St Roche’s Arboretum, and the pleasure grounds.

There is at the moment a 25 Years of Glorious Gardening photo exhibition on display, and this coming weekend on the 11th to 13th August the gardens play host to the a Chilli Fiesta, https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/events/chilli-fiesta the UK’s largest chilli festival and there will be plenty to see and do there. There is a restaurant and gift shop https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/about/restaurant-and-gift-shop.

West Dean Gardens are 6 miles north of Chichester, on the A286 towards Midhurst, on this page you can find a map https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/find-us

The gardens are open February until December, more information and entry fees can be found here https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/about/opening-hours-and-admissions


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Article by Susan Keefe 

RHS Qualified Gardener

Qualified in Garden Landscape, Design and Planting.



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