National Gardens Scheme Open Day – 90th Anniversary Celebrations
May 27 all-day


Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the National Gardens Scheme when we open in aid of charity.

Borde Hill was one of the original Gardens joining the NGS in 1927, so join us in celebrating this special 90 year association.

To accompany the day, there will be a 1920s theme, with vintage music playing in the Garden and live Jazz by Select Syncopators between 12-3pm.

Teas and refreshments will also be available throughout the day. You’re even invited to come in your best 1920s dress! Normal admission charges apply. Friends of Borde Hill are also invited to donate £5 per person, with all net proceeds going to support the NGS. Tickets can be booked in advance here 

Dogs on leads welcome.

Half Term Activities – Nature Week
May 28 – Jun 4 all-day

Exploring Nature’s Jewels

This half-term Borde Hill celebrates the wonders of nature and wildlife as children of all ages are invited to come and learn about the world around them and take part in our discovery Nature Trail, daily 11am-3pm.

There will also be additional activities on selected days:

Tues 30th May: face painting by Busydays, with a variety of ‘nature’ themes, 11am-3pm

Weds 31st May: learn all about Bees with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust charity stand. Times TBC

Thurs 1st June: traditional garden games with HaHaHopScotch, including sack and wheelbarrow races and hoops, 11.30am-1pm

Fri 2nd June: discover all about garden birds with the RSPB charity stand. Times TBC

Sat 3rd June: Owls About Town; get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world, including the chance to don a glove to handle some of these wonderful creatures, 11am-3pm.

L-R: Busydays Face Painters, Garden Games with HaHaHopScotch, Owls About Town

Kids can also let off steam in the Adventure Playgound, complete with zip wire. Families can bring picnics, or enjoy refreshments at  Little Ritz Vintage Tea or Café Elvira.

Other ‘gems’ include rhododendrons, azaleas and many herbaceous plants which will be in bloom and the Sculpture Trail, including many nature and wildlife themes – from owls (Barn, Tawny, Charismatic and Erractic) to a Herring Gull, a Heron to a Flight of Avocets, Man’s Best Friend to A Herd of Deer…

All activities are FREE and included in standard admission, and free to Friends of Borde Hill.

Dogs on leads welcome.


Friends go Free


Rose Celebration Week
Jun 19 – Jun 25 all-day

Join us for a week of celebrations to mark the 21st Anniversary of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, with its 750 David Austin roses which fill the air with a glorious fragrance.

The celebrations include weekday tours of the Elizabethan Mansion (usually closed to the public), plus half hour tours of the Rose Garden and surrounding borders. Additional tour charges apply – see below.

There will also be specialist rose plants and gifts for sale, as well as several rose-themed artworks as part of the 2017 Sculpture Exhibition.

Art clubs are also being invited for painting classes.

Normal Garden entry prices apply




House Tours

11am daily, Monday to Friday.

Take this unique opportunity to join a tour of the beautiful Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house, usually closed to the public. Delve into its history dating from 1590 and gain an insight into the lives and ancestors of the current owners, Mr and Mrs Stephenson Clarke.

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Rose Garden Tours

11.45am daily, Monday to Friday.

Combine a tour of the house with a fascinating guided walk around the Rose Garden and surrounding borders, led by Head Gardener, Andy Stevens.

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All tours charged at £3.50 extra per person, per tour, including Friends of Borde Hill (advance booking required)

Tours last approximately 30 minutes enabling visitors to book a House and Garden tour in succession. House Tours are unsuitable for under 16’s. There are no concession tickets available for these tours. Tickets available per tour – 30, to be sold on a first come, first served basis.

RHS Talk: ‘First-rate Perennials’ with Val Bourne – Book Now!
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Val Bourne

Join Val Bourne, an award-winning garden writer, photographer, lecturer and organic gardener for an inspirational talk on perennials.

Val will identify some of the best performers in the garden, whilst highlighting a selection of her personal favourites, explaining why each is such a good plant.

Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others. She also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley.

Price includes refreshments on arrival and a tour of the Garden.

RHS Members and Friends of Borde Hill:
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Book signing on the day: Val Bourne’s new book ‘The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden’ is a masterclass in natural gardening, without the use of chemicals. It lists her top 100 plants to encourage wildlife, with tips on cultivating a beautiful and productive garden.

RHS Talk: ‘The Curious History of the Cottage Garden’ with Stephanie Donaldson- Booking Soon
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Stephanie Donaldson

Enjoy a fascinating talk by Stephanie Donaldson, National Gardening author, journalist and former garden editor of Country Living Magazine, tracing the arrival in the country of many plants associated with the cottage garden. As Stephanie talks, she gradually assembles the plants, creating a stunning table top cottage garden.

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival and a tour of the Garden.

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

(Tickets will be available to purchase online shortly)

National Gardens Scheme Open Day
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

IMG_8354Visit on our NGS day when we open the Garden especially for charity.

Normal admission charges apply, with all net proceeds going to support the National Gardens Scheme

Little Ritz Vintage tea will be on hand serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.