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Springtime at West Dean

C110863-2 JPOS Chi West Dean  Photo Louise Adams

Looking across to the arboretum ENGSNL00320110513104630

C110863-2 JPOS Chi West Dean Photo Louise Adams Looking across to the arboretum ENGSNL00320110513104630

DISPLAYS of spring-blooming bulbs are on show at West Dean Gardens.

The gardens team at West Dean have planted more than 500,000 bulbs to ensure the gardens are fit for the spring and for Mother’s Day.

“Bring the whole family, including the dog, for a leisurely stroll and wander through the emerging displays of bulbs, daffodils and cowslips on display throughout the grounds, Arboretum and wild flower meadows,” said a spokeswoman for West Dean.

“Take a peek at the newly-restored sunken garden at the eastern end of the 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 and new plantings in the vegetable frame.”

There is also a two-and-a-half mile arboretum walk which offers views of the South Downs, and cream teas are available from the restaurant in the gardens.

On Mothering Sunday, West Dean is offering half-price entry and a free bunch of daffodils for all mothers.

Taster days – from flower arranging, pottery painting and jewellery-making – are also available at the college.

The college is offering Mother’s Day visitors 15 per cent off all taster days booked by April 6.

 

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