Following last year’s success, the Borde Hill Garden team are looking forward to another busy year with an exciting programme of events.
2019 events include a special vintage afternoon tea on Mothering Sunday, and for younger visitors, Easter Adventures and May Half term activities. There’s also a plethora of horticultural events including a series of lectures by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Juliet Sargeant, a spring talk by RHS Vice President Jim Gardiner, a celebration of azaleas and rhododendrons with Marvellous May, the return of the Plant Fairs Roadshow, Rose Week events and the 20th Anniversary of Borde Hill’s innovative Sculpture Exhibition and much more.
Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex is home to a significant treasury of plants, and holds one of the largest private collections of champion trees, including rare flowering trees from China collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have lived in the historic Elizabethan Mansion House near Haywards Heath. The Garden is probably best-known as a plant hunters’ paradise, containing as it does, many rare shrubs and trees from seeds sent home to Colonel Stephenson R Clarke by plant hunters including George Forest, Frank Kingdon Ward, Reginald Farrer, Joseph Rock and EH Wilson.
The Garden is a festival of colour in spring with the flowering of the champion trees including many magnolia and the newly planted Italian Garden featuring tulips, 300 Fritillaria imperialis ‘Rubra’ and many varieties of alliums. New perennial plants will also be added for summer colour.
Special mention should be made of the striking Emmenopterys henryi which flowered in 2018: prior to this flowering, the tree had only bloomed 4 times in the UK on record since its introduction in 1907. Described by the great Edwardian plant hunter EH Wilson as “one of the most strikingly beautiful trees of Chinese forests,” the Emmenopterys henryi attracted garden visitors in their droves in August (2018) and helped re-establish Borde Hill as a centre of gardening excellence.
Events for 2019
31st March – Spoil mum this Mothering Sunday with an early springtime walk to enjoy our magnificent magnolias, camellias and early spring bulbs. You can also book in advance for a delicious vintage afternoon tea which will be served inside our charming marquee. Includes live music.
6th – 22nd April – Bertram Bunny returns to Borde Hill this Easter holiday with a brand new garden adventure. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a delicious chocolate prize!
25th April – ‘Shrubs for Seasonality’ Talk and Tour with Jim Gardiner, Vice President of the RHS. *BE
4th May – ‘Plants For Free’, a practical workshop hosted by Juliet Sargeant (RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning Garden Designer and BBC Gardeners’ World regular). *BE
The Month of May – Marvellous May: an opportunity to see Colonel’s fabulous Azalea Ring afire with colour and interest, as well as the collection of flowering champion trees including late flowering magnolias.
10th May – 30th September – The 20th Borde Hill Sculpture Exhibition held within the grounds of this wonderful garden in the high Weald, this diverse and interesting collection of sculpture is set to delight garden visitors this year.
16th May – ‘Practical Pruning’ Workshop by Juliet Sargeant: pick up some essential tips and tricks from BBC Gardeners’ World regular Juliet Sargeant, and learn in the inspiring grounds of Borde Hill. *BE
25th May – 2 June May Half Team – Nature: No App for That! A week of activities connecting children to nature, including a Garden trail and activities on selected days. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize.
17th June – Friday 21st & Monday 24th – Friday 28th June: Rose Weeks at Borde Hill including pre-booked tours of the Garden and House for groups (15+).
20th June – ‘The Wonderfully Variable & Versatile Rose’ Talk by Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses. Includes a presentation, tour of the Rose Garden and lunch. *BE
*BE – Booking Essential. For more events and booking details please see website for details.
Opening: 25th March – 3rd November 2019, daily 10am-5pm.
Admission: Adult £9.50, Child £6.35, Group £7.35, Family ticket £28.50
01444 450 326