Monday, 17 October 2016

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens are fabulous, they have been restored over the last 30 years by Gardens Manager Jim Buckland and Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain. There are lovely walled gardens to wander around:

 with lots of trained fruit trees, the one below is a sort of goblet shape
 and this one more pointed
 and the most amazing displays of flowers, maybe Gazanias below
 and more

 and there are 13 working Victorian glasshouses which are kept in the most fabulous condition inside, although there is an appeal to restore them since the fabric needs attention.
 In one of the greenhouses, I found this fabulous Short Luffa seen above
This one below had a Ravilious feel to it with the regimentation of the tomatoes:
 There were beautiful plants in the tropical greenhouse:

 And this one below gives an idea of the numbers of palnts in the greenhouses

 Here's a Streptocarpus and fern greenhouse
 Here's a view of the walled garden from one end with the small building at the end:
The impressive 100 metre long pergola seen below was designed by Harold Peto and needed extensive restoration following the 1987 storm. It is host to many varieties of magnolia, clematis, rose and honeysuckle.

 The Gazebo at the west end of the pergola features a mosaic floor of knapped flints interspersed with horses' molars.
 View from the Gazebo
 A view of the pergola from a distance
 and last but not least, one of the beautiful perennial beds replete with Echinacea, Persicaria and grasses
There's also a great restaurant, and they hold lots of events during the year.

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