Calendar

Mar
19
Mon
2018
Friends of Borde Hill Open Day
Mar 19 all-day

A special day for our Friends before Borde Hill opens for the 2018 season.

Join us for an exclusive Friends open day and be the first to see our springtime delights before the Garden opens to the public on 20 March.

Non-members are welcome when joining on the day.

Read more about the benefits of our Friends and Gold Friends memberships here

Mar
20
Tue
2018
Borde Hill Garden opens to the public
Mar 20 all-day

Come and visit this horticultural delight and peaceful haven from modern life.

Mar
22
Thu
2018
‘Magnolias: Every Garden Should Have One’ – Talk & Tour with Jim Gardiner – Book Now
Mar 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Enjoy a magnolia talk given by RHS Vice President and leading horticulturalist Jim Gardiner.

Drawing from his remarkable experience of working for the RHS and his passion for magnolias, Jim will advise on the best varieties to grow whilst giving tips on planting and caring for them.

Following the talk, enjoy a private tour of the Garden during which Jim will unveil a new ‘Gardiner Grove’ planted with specimen magnolias and birches to mark the 125th anniversary of the purchase of Borde Hill by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke in 1893.

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival served inside the Elizabethan House.

Tickets: £20.80 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill), £26.00 non-members

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Borde Hill boasts one of the finest collections of magnolias in England, with many listed as ‘Champion’ trees.  It is a renowned collection with over 100 trees and 25 species planted throughout the Garden and Woodland.  Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke.

Mar
25
Sun
2018
Camellia Heritage Tour
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Herald the start of our new season by joining camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, on a guided tour of the camellia collection at Borde Hill Garden.

Trace the history of these wonderful plants, brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ here in the 1930’s. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.

Camellias

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Sensible shoes are advisable

Camellia Heritage Tour
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Herald the start of our new season by joining camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, on a guided tour of the camellia collection at Borde Hill Garden.

Trace the history of these wonderful plants, brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ here in the 1930’s. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.

Camellias

Tickets: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Sensible shoes are advisable

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Magnolia Tour with Head Gardener
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias.

Borde Hill boasts one of the finest collections of magnolias in England, with many listed as ‘Champion’ trees.  It is a renowned collection with over 100 trees and 25 species planted throughout the Garden and Woodland.  Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke. They continue to flower with dramatic beauty each year.

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Apr
4
Wed
2018
Storytelling for Families: Once Upon a Garden…
Apr 4 all-day

An invitation to the whole family to share creative time inspired by stories about gardens and plants from around the world.

Come and find out how a wily Chinese Emperor sets a gardening challenge to find his successor and how a team of gardeners simply can not manage without the help of Teeny Tiny Mouse.

Come and share what you like doing in the garden!

Led by Lucinda Weis of Telling Tales Storyplay based in Uckfield.

40 minute sessions at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Magnolia Tour with Head Gardener
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias.

Borde Hill boasts one of the finest collections of magnolias in England, with many listed as ‘Champion’ trees.  It is a renowned collection with over 100 trees and 25 species planted throughout the Garden and Woodland.  Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke. They continue to flower with dramatic beauty each year.

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Apr
14
Sat
2018
Storytelling for Families: Once Upon an Egg
Apr 14 all-day

An invitation to the whole family to share creative time inspired by international folk tales around the themes of Easter: birth, renewal, and good and evil.

Hear how Masha and the firebird prevent the evil Baba Yaga from destroying the balance of nature, and how a collection of talking eggs bring joy and hope to some, and horror and just deserts to others – what would be your fate?

Led by Lucinda Weis of Telling Tales Storyplay based in Uckfield.

40 minute sessions at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

May
16
Wed
2018
‘The Edwardian Garden, Golden and Delicious’ – Talk & Tour with Caroline Holmes, Book Now
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Caroline Holmes, Garden Media Guild member, Garden Historian, lecturer, broadcaster and author presents an inspirational talk on the history of the Edwardian Garden, as part of the Garden’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Highmount Lily Pool, Gertrude Jekyll Garden, 1924

The Edwardian Garden evokes memories of a golden afternoon, glimpsed in black and white photographs and nostalgic cottage paintings with architecture inspired by the Mediterranean. During the talk, Caroline will recall the drifting borders of Gertrude Jekyll and Italianate splendours of Harold Peto.

Caroline says: “The Edwardian Garden can be described as the original www for a glorious array of hardy and exotic plants for gardens, large and small, its extensive plant palette is one to celebrate not fear. The evocative history and contemporary setting of Borde Hill is both golden and delicious”

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival served inside the Elizabethan House.

Following the talk Head Gardener, Andy Stevens will give a guided tour of the Garden.

Tickets: £24.00 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill), £30.00 non-members

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Borde Hill was purchased in 1893 by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke who was instrumental in the development of the Garden in the early 1900’s using seeds gathered by the Great Plant Hunters.

May
23
Wed
2018
My Garden is my Sanctuary
May 23 all-day

Join this one day course to improve self-awareness and confidence skills in this relaxing and peaceful setting.

Tickets: £45 to include a light lunch

Booking soon

May
26
Sat
2018
Nature: No App For That
May 26 – Jun 3 all-day

Put down your electronic device and spend time outside, playing, creating and exploring.

A week of exciting activities connecting children to nature.

Additional charges apply.

May
29
Tue
2018
Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 7-11 Year Olds – Capturing Colour
May 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Age: 7-11 year olds
Fee: £39 
Camera rental: available for an additional £5

Learn how capture the colour of Borde Hill’s blossoms and garden through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Students will learn which camera settings to use when and how to take sharp, super colourful photographs.

Your child is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

 

Booking essential

Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 12-15 Year Olds – Capturing Colour
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Age: 12-15 year olds
Fee: £55 
DSLR Camera rental: Available for an additional £10

Learn how capture the colour of Borde Hill’s blossoms and gardens through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Students will learn which camera settings to use when and how to take sharp, super colourful photographs.

Your teen is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Booking essential

Jun
18
Mon
2018
Rose Celebration Weeks
Jun 18 – Jun 29 all-day

Join us to celebrate the beauty of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, with its 750 David Austin roses which fill the air with a glorious fragrance.

The celebrations include short tours of the Rose Garden and surrounding borders at 12noon on 20th and 27th June (free of charge).

 

There will also be David Austin rose plants on sale and specialist rose-themed gifts for sale in our shop.

 

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 12-15 Year Olds – Nature Photography
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Age: 12-15 year olds
Fee: £55 
DSLR Camera rental: Available for an additional £10

Get ready to capture the beautiful natural surroundings of Borde Hill through your camera lens. We’ll be looking for bugs and small wildlife to record through our lenses and learning how shutter speed and focus makes the photos really sharp. We will also be photographing all the trees and plants learning how to compose interesting, well thought out images through our camera lenses.

Your teen is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Booking essential

Sep
2
Sun
2018
Harley Davidson Bikes & Brews
Sep 2 all-day

Enjoy the spectacle of Harley Davidson bikes visiting Borde Hill, with music and locally produced ales.

Sep
16
Sun
2018
Specialist Plant Fair
Sep 16 all-day

A wide range of locally grown, garden worthy and unusual plants that will inspire keen gardeners.

 

Oct
1
Mon
2018
National Gardens Scheme Open Day
Oct 1 all-day

Join us when we open especially for the National Gardens Scheme charity… a perfect opportunity to enjoy our early autumn colour whilst supporting the work on the NGS..

Normal admission charges apply, with all net proceeds going to the NGS.