The Artist’s Garden Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden

The Artist’s Garden Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden

Photo: Rose Garden by Alison Catchlove

The Artist’s Garden kindly sponsored by 1st CENTRAL 

Summer Art Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden, 1st August – 30th September 2018

Borde Hill Garden has been an inspiration for horticulturalists and artists for generations and this summer they are proud to continue this tradition by displaying the artistic response to the beauty of nature, countryside and gardens.

Opening on 1st August, visitors will be able to explore the historic Garden, renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, where they will discover approximately 40 works by established and up-and-coming artists inspired by both flora and fauna.

In addition to an enticing selection of garden sculptures in metal, stone, bronze resin and stained glass, the exhibition, sponsored by local employer, 1ST CENTRAL, will also include a number of paintings and smaller works displayed within the Garden shop and Green Tree Gallery. Uniting the work is their common fascination with the beauty of nature, the countryside and the feelings they evoke within us.

Andy James, UK CEO, 1ST CENTRAL, said “We’re delighted to be able to support the art exhibition which brings together such a vast array of talent to the locality, Visitors to the garden will be able to look forward to a cultural extravaganza this summer”.

Pieces will include ‘Sun-Worshipper’ by Christine Baxter, a figurative work whose subject is lost in dreamy contemplation on a warm summer’s afternoon – to works inspired by the plants, flowers and natural forms, many found within the Garden and Sussex countryside, such as Will Spankie’sFlower Form’ carved from Stone, Alison Catchlove’s intricate metallic ‘Rose Garden’ panel, and Sally Scotts vibrant landscape painting ‘Colours of the Weald’. There will also be works that celebrate the native wildlife found within the Garden and Parkland including owls, ducks and rabbits.

Visitors will also be able to see elements of ‘Natural Kinaesthesia’ – an installation by floral design collective La Famille that was presented at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The installation incorporates shade-loving plants suspended within orbs and created especially for Chelsea using foliage, cuttings and greenery taken from Borde Hill Garden.

The exhibition will run daily from 1st August – 30th September 2018 with admission included in the standard entry price.  This event is part of the ‘Celebration of Art, Creativity and Imagination’ summer programme at Borde Hill.

An exhibition map will be provided with the majority of pieces available to purchase.

2019 will see a large-scale exhibition between May – October, celebrating 20 years of Art and Sculpture at Borde Hill Garden.

 Artists INCLUDE:

Alison Catchlove

Allan Mackenzie

Christine Baxter

Dot Kuzniar

Harriet Francis

Ian Marlow

Jason Mulligan

Joe Szabo

La Famille – Paul Malget

Mark Reed

Paul Cox

Paul Harvey

Sally Scott

Will Spankie

Zeljko Ivankovic




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Prices and opening times:

The Garden is open seven days a week to 1 October, plus 20 – 31 October 2018, 10am to 5pm with the last admission one hour before closing. 10am to 6pm in July and August.

Day Tickets for Individuals and Families

Adult – £9.50 [£8.55]

Concession* – £9.00 [£8.10]

Child (aged 3-16) – £6.35 [£5.70]

Child under 3 – Free

Carer – Free

*Concession rates apply to visitors with a disability, students with ID and 60+ claiming a pension

Family Day Tickets

2 Adults + up to 3 Children – £28.50 [£25.65]

1 Adult + up to 3 Children – £19.00 [£17.10]

The History

Borde Hill consists of a stunningly beautiful and botanically-rich landscaped Garden, traditional parkland, magical woods and tranquil lakes, which captivate and delight visitors of all ages. 

Listed by English Heritage as being of Grade II* historic importance and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the High Weald, it is among the most popular gardens in Sussex for visitors seeking horticultural inspiration, a peaceful stroll in the countryside or a day out with the family.

Borde Hill was purchased by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke in 1893 with the express intension of creating a magnificent garden from seed collected by the great plant hunters, including EH Wilson and George Forrest. The Colonel quickly established a collection of rare trees and shrubs by sponsoring important plant-hunting expeditions to China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes.

For more than a century, four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have lovingly tended the extensive 200-acre estate, ensuring that, like any living entity, Borde Hill does not ‘stand still in time’ but continues to develop and grow. Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, who now lives with his family at Borde Hill House, takes an active involvement in the garden and is keen to continue its development and enhancement.

In 2018, Borde Hill will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its purchase by the Stephenson Clarke family.  Open for over 50 years to the public, the new plantings through the formal garden and the additions to the playground inspire visitors.

The Garden

Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan mansion dating from 1590, provides a superb backdrop to the formal 17acre Garden that flows into a series of distinctive, ‘garden rooms’, each with its own individual character and style.

Over the past century, the plantings have evolved with the aim of providing seasonal colour and interest. Early spring-flowering bulbs are followed by magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas into April and May. Spring is magnificent throughout the Garden and ‘rooms’ of special note at this time include the Old Rhododendron Garden, Azalea Ring and Garden of Allah. The sub-tropical Round Dell and Long Dell planted with a Sino-Himalayan theme, have a magical air and these sheltered areas within the mature landscape bring unexpected pleasure to visitors during the opening seasons.

The sumptuous Rose Garden and herbaceous borders add a blaze of colour for much of the late spring, through to late summer. With colours ranging from soft pinks to crimson, intermingled with the heady fragrances of old English roses, Jay Robin’s Rose Garden hosts a lavish display of some 100 varieties of David Austin roses. Box hedges and lavender line the walkways to stimulate the senses.

Two recent rose borders designed by noted rosarian Charles Quest-Ritson and plantsman Dr Tony Lord were planted in early 2011.  The Gold Standard Roses, kindly donated by BARB (British Association of Rose Breeders) are healthy and floriferous, varying from very strong to pale cream colour and are planted together with unusual shrubs and perennials.

The elegant Italian Garden, one of Borde Hill’s most popular ‘rooms’, with the rectangular pool swathed with Italian pottery filled with agapanthus and pelargoniums, has been replanted with a new design to strengthen its formality and ambience.  The two rectangular borders either side of the pool edged with neatly trimmed box are planted with,  spring and summer bulbs and followed by annuals in the summer.