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West Dean Walled Gardens in autumn

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Before I start talking about the gardens, I have to start with a moan. In August we attended the same venue and thoroughly enjoyed the Chilli Festival, so much so that we agreed to return next year and also to attend the GROW! COOK! EAT! Show in October. The miserable weather and being out of the holiday season, might have explained the low turnout, but this as I found out was not the case.

The Chilli Festival had been heaving, great musical acts, plenty of catering outlets, loads to buy and see and worthy of a return visit. As yesterday’s event combined three of my hobbies, I was expecting three different audiences and much more to see and do. This was not the case, the queues waiting at the multiple entrance sheds of August, were replaced by two sheds without a queue in sight. If you didn’t want a lamb burger or a Thai  green curry, you were going to struggle to eat. Albeit the LVO (London Vegetable Orchestra) Were mildly amusing and quintessentially British, the party atmosphere was just not there. We have removed this date from our calendar vowing not to return, unless, our kids misbehave over the next twelve months and then they will be taken back as punishment.


The one shining ray of light in a dull day, which more than made up for our disappointment briefly mentioned above, was the walled gardens. We got so engrossed in the Chilli festival, that we had missed this great experience in August, fortunately we didn’t make the same mistake twice.

Our three areas of discovery were, the fruit garden, the Victorian Greenhouses and out buildings and the kitchen garden.


We'll start off with the fruit gardens and show you how to train your trees


The sheds and outbuildings had some great bits and bobs on display. A photographers dream, I can imagine a couple of these in a book


We visted the greenhouses, full of ferns flowers, fruit, veg and one dedicated to chillis


And boy where there some chillis. We even ran a video which will go on the site later


Chilli Dave eat your heart out

The greenhouses continued unabated


Now we move on to my new allotment (when I win the lottery)



All in all well worth the visit on it's own. We will be back at other times of the year

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  • stewart
    stewart Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    Brilliant, but how do you get away without slug holes in cabbages.?

  • Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener Thursday, 06 November 2014

    They are not entirely organic there, I was talking to someone who had asked

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