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Spring has sprung as popular gardens open for new season

IT MAY officially still be winter but West Deans Gardens re-opened last Friday and the snowdrops are already out for visitors.


As the gardens awake from winter hibernation the eruption of colour has commenced with snowdrops, crocuses and aconites aplenty, with even a few daffodils starting to appear.


Every year the snowdrop display at the gardens grows more impressive, with flowers from over 500,000 bulbs.


December saw 2017 rainfall almost catch up to the district’s 30-year average of nearly 41 inches, which ensured that the River Lavant started flowing in the gardens right at the end of the year.


It’s now in full flow so a walk through the spring garden will be a lovely sight.


Mums are also being invited to attend free on Mothering Sunday.


Go along and see the gardens in all their glory with spectacular displays of spring flowering bulbs.


You can also treat your mum to a delicious lunch or West Dean cream tea. There’s also plenty of gift ideas for mums in the garden shop – you can browse for plants, jewellery, scarves and other unique gifts.


Free entry and daffodils for mums with adult tickets costing £9.


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