Posted: 08/07/2014 at 06:49
Hello, I went to West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, with a friend recently, and was very impressed. Sorry, but no pictures as my technology doesn't permit.
After a visit to their very nice restaurant, we concentrated on the walled gardens which enclose a fruit garden, vegetable garden and a flower cutting garden. Lots of restored Victorian greenhouses contain exotics, orchids, pelargoniums, fuchsias and the famous chilli collection.
Outside in the large grounds there is the best stone pergola I have seen( Harold Peto),300 ft. long. A sunken garden,a spring garden, a wild garden, borders etc. There is also an arboretum and parkland walk for those who have the time for a longer walk.
I was very impressed by the beauty and tranquility of the gardens, and by the attention to detail. Everything was well maintained. Well worth a visit.