I spent yesterday at West Dean gardens – dare I call it the second day of Spring? The first being when I went to Battersea Park at the week-end… Both garden and park were absolutely glorious, both with a glut of crocus. West Dean, near Chichester is home to the Edward James Foundation known for the College which specialises in conservation, arts and crafts, and for its beautifully restored Gardens which are open to the public. West Dean Gardens features a restored Walled Kitchen Garden, a spectacular 300 foot-long Edwardian Pergola, a Spring Garden and beautiful parkland walk with views over the South Downs. They are a really lovely place to wander round and yesterday the small trickle of river had turned into a torrent, with the South Downs in the background, sheep on the hills and spring flowers everywhere.