Borde Hill Garden Announce Exciting Programme for 2019
Borde Hill, West Sussex is a botanically rich, Grade II* listed garden, offering panoramic views over the High Weald with colour and interest throughout the season, from March to the end of October. The Garden is laid out as a series of distinctive living 'rooms', each with its own unique style, including the quintess- entially English Rose Garden, and the serene Mediterranean charm of the Italian Garden. Created by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke, the great-grandfather of the current owner, the Garden is known as a plant hunters' paradise, containing many rare shrubs and trees from seeds sent home by the Victorian and Edwardian plant hunters.
Borde Hill has been welcoming groups for over 50 years and in 2019 will be hosting an exciting programme of events. These include Head Gardener tours throughout the season, beginning with the early-springtime magnificence of the renowned magnolia collection, to summer tours of the romantic Rose Garden planted with 750 David Austin roses, followed by guided tours of stunning autumn colour during October.
Groups can enjoy pre-booked tours of the Garden and Elizabethan Mansion House, home to the Stephenson Clarke family for four generations. Our knowledgeable tour guides will bring the history of this magnificent family home and stunning Garden to life. Borde Hill Garden has a beautifully decorated marquee that can be booked for exclusive use during a group visit. This is the ideal place to relax, enjoy a buffet lunch or cream team, and reflect on what you have seen. The Gardeners' Retreat CafÃ© is open every day serving light lunches, cakes and bakes, as well as delicious barista coffee and locally produced ice-creams.
In 2019, Borde Hill Garden has also teamed up with the private Sussex garden Town Place, to offer groups the opportunity to visit both iconic gardens in one day. Located just 15 minutes from Borde Hill, groups can explore the 3-acre garden at Town Place which boasts with over 600 roses, herbaceous borders, a herb garden and topiary inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Borde Hill also continues its joint ticket offer with The Bluebell Railway - a neighbouring Sussex attraction just 15 minutes from the Garden. Groups can enjoy a relaxing journey in timeless comfort on board one of the famous steam locomotives, followed by a leisurely afternoon stroll around Borde Hill. What's more, Borde Hill has also teamed up with local Sussex winery, Bolney Wine Estate, to offer groups a really special day to include a guided walk around Borde Hill Garden with a buffet lunch served in the decorated marquee, followed by a wine tour and tasting at Bolney with a cream tea to round off the day.
2019 will be an exciting year as Borde Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of exhibiting sculpture and art in the Garden, marking this special milestone with a large-scale exhibition. It will run from the 10th May to 30th September with the majority of the exhibition taking place in the 17-acre formal area of the Garden surrounding the Elizabethan Mansion House, where nature and art complement each other perfectly, working in harmony as an outdoor gallery. The summer months see a programme of varied music and in July, back by popular demand, is open air opera on the South Lawn. Opera Brava will stage La Traviatta on Friday 26th July and The Barber of Seville on Saturday 27th July with tickets on sale now. On selected Sundays during July and August there will be live music in the Garden ranging from relaxing jazz to classic rock, plus the return of the Plant Fairs Roadshow in September.
Borde Hill also has a wonderful gift shop, plant nursery, 2 cafes, a restaurant and the Green Tree Gallery, ensuring there is plenty to enjoy. The Garden will be open 10am-5pm throughout the season, from 25 March to 3 November 2019.