Borde Hill Garden
tel: 01444 450326
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Email: info //at// bordehill.co.uk
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|Opening Days and Hours|
23rd Mar - 3rd Nov 2012,Daily; 10 am - 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
/ Coaches: Yes
/ Coaches need Appointment: Yes
Open for Viewing: Yes
Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
May - August
Magnolias/ Camellias/Rhododendrons / Azaleas / Roses/Herbaceous plants
|Adult £8; Child £5.00, Conc £7.50; Disabled or carer £4 adult and £2.25 child.
Groups of 15+; Adult £7.00 (pre-paid); Child £4.75; Family £22
Disabled Access: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Facilities & Comments:
Fishing on the lake is permitted and there is an adventure playground.
New Adventure Playground.
Zip line and climbing frames.
March-April Magnolias and Camellias (Main Garden)
April - May Rhododendrons and Azaleas (Main Garden and Woodland)
May - June Rhododendrons, Bluebells (Woodland)
June - Sept Roses and Herbaceous plants (Main Garden)
Sept - Oct Autumn Colour (Garden & South Park)
East Bunnies & Blooms 29 March-14 April 2013
Sculpture Exhibition -Summer months
West Sussex "Jaguar" Car Day - Sunday 14 July 2013
Musical Sundays in August 2013
Halloween - 23 Oct - 3 Nov 2013
|Garden Features & Events|
|Winner of Historic Houses Association/Christie's "Garden of the Year" award and South East Tourism.
Extensive collection of flowering camellias, magnificent magnolias reaching to 60 feet high, and hundreds of rhododendrons. Thousands of Spring-flowering bulbs and plants make an impressive display in the formal Garden and the ancient Woodland.
Borde Hill Garden, 2013 - Celebrates 121st Anniversary in Stephenson Clarke ownership and 151 Anniversary of it's creator's birthday
|English Heritage Garden Grade: II*|
|Description of Garden||
|At its heart, Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan mansion dating from 1590, provides a superb backdrop to the formal Garden (17-acres) 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 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 new 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) and are healthy and floriferous, varying from very strong to pale cream colour, 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 recently 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 green and purple forms of pittosporum, santolina, bright red salvias, and in-filled with spring and summer bulbs.
New plantings for 2012 include the blue and white scheme in the Rose Garden and the vibrant coloured herbaceous border in the Paradise Walk.
The Park and Woodlands
The Garden extends into traditional parkland and woodlands, where the variety of micro-climates has contributed to the best collection of 'champion' trees, the tallest and largest girth, on privately-owned land in Britain. These 'champion' trees, together with many other exotic specimens, provide a canopy for spring flowers in Warren Wood, over 100 year's old, and Stephanie's Glade. Here, spring takes visitors' breath away with the sight and scent of banks of bluebells contrasting against the bright new foliage on trees and giant rhododendrons.
The woods are predominantly mixed broadleaf trees such as Oak, Ash and Chestnut, interspersed with conifers. Many specimen trees and shrubs have also been planted to give spectacular bursts of colour and form, creating a vivid blaze of hue throughout autumn.
Wildlife enthusiasts will be fascinated by the rich variety of bird and insect life that flourishes in this peaceful woodland habitat, ponds and lakes.
Borde Hill provides fun and education for the whole family. Children's activities are arranged throughout all the school holiday periods when the Garden is open, including Autumn Half Term. Children, adults and families alike can follow the Tree Trail, learning about the different species as they go.
With younger visitors in mind, Borde Hill has built a new entertaining and energising Adventure Playground in attractive parkland overlooking the lakes. Designed by Julian Cochrane, Chelsea Flower Show award winner, the wooden construction includes climbing frames, balance beams and an exhilarating zip-line for older children and a safe, fun area for toddlers.
Throughout Borde Hill there is plenty of space where the whole family can relax, picnic and play.
|History of Garden|
|One of several world-class gardens, Borde Hill is stunningly beautiful and botanically-rich landscaped Garden, traditional parkland, magical woods and tranquil lakes, captivate and delight visitors of all ages. Listed by English Heritage as 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 1892 with the vision to create the Garden. He quickly established a collection of rare trees and shrubs by sponsoring 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 2012, Borde Hill celebrates 47 years since it was first opened to the public as a charity with new plantings throughout its formal garden and additions to the playground to inspire its younger visitors.
|Nearby West Sussex Hotels, Facilities & Amenities|
Jeremy's at Borde Hill, Haywards Heath
|Inns & Pubs:
Cafˇ Elvira at Borde Hill
|Villages / Towns
|- West Sussex|
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