West Dean Gardens (Part 1): how to espalier – the bare bones

This is a “perfect garden”, where everything is in place and every weed has been whipped out before it became more than formulative.  That’s not to say that I didn’t like it: I really liked it, so much so that we’ve organised an August trip to the Chichester region so that we can go back to the fruit gardens when they’re in full swing (and also drop into Goodwood House at the same time).

Peach blossom

The garden truly is a lesson in how to espalier.

Circles

S-shaped

Pyramids

Goblets

45-dgree angle

Fanned

Hooped

There is an adult educational college on the site and so presumably the gardening students get lots of practice?

Garden history (from the West Dean website)

In 1964, Edward James conveyed his family mansion, art collection and Estate to The Edward James Foundation, a charitable educational trust. The creation of such a trust averted the fragmentation that death duties would have dictated and allowed the materialisation of Edward’s vision: creating a community where the Estate supports a college dedicated to the arts and crafts. In 1971, Edward James’s vision became a reality when the gates of his family house were opened under the auspices of West Dean College.

When visited: April 2015

Website: http://www.westdean.org.uk/garden/home.aspx

Further reading on espaliering

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