Events

Events in 2016

Opening times: Weekdays 10am to 5pm, Weekends 10am to 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Daily from 19th March to 2nd October
Plus 22nd October to 30th October for Halloween Week


The price of entry to the garden and parkland includes access to the event unless otherwise stated. All events are free to Friends of Borde Hill Garden (Season Ticket holders) where indicated in the description by Friends go Free.
You may see some photos of our previous events.

Mar
18
Fri
2016
Friends of Borde Hill Open Day
Mar 18 all-day

Exclusive access to the Garden before it opens to the public for existing or prospective Friends of Borde Hill Garden season ticket holders.Friends go Free

Mar
25
Fri
2016
Amazing Magnolias
Mar 25 – Apr 15 all-day

Explore the beauty of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias on a self-guided walk, using our detailed magnolia map.

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 and were recently featured on BBC2 Gardeners’ World  (click to view the video)

To mark 2015’s 50th Anniversary of the Garden being open to the public, 50 more magnolias have been added to the existing collection in the Garden and Woodland.

Magnolia Collection

March and the beginning of April are the best time to admire these rare gems. Friends go Free

 

Pre-booked guided walks with the Head Gardener are also available on 5th and 12th April (charged separately)

Guided walks and House Tours are also available for pre-booked groups between 28th March and 15th April- email bookings@bordehill.co.uk for details (charged separately)

 

Easter Eggsplorer Trail and Activities
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm

DSC_7609 - CopyThis Easter holiday, Borde Hill Garden will host another fantastic Easter trail with our resident Bunny giving out delicious chocolate treats, plus daily activities for kids. Enjoy a picnic in the stunning gardens, wander alongside the scenic lakes or in the magical woodland, or take the children to the adventure playground complete with zip wire.

Borde Hill offers a memorable day out for visitors of all generations. Dogs on leads are also welcome.  Children’s activities 11am-3pm every day from 25th March to 10th April 2016.

Friends go FreeNo extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only!

 

Apr
5
Tue
2016
Amazing Magnolias: Guided Walk -Book Now!
Apr 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias, as shown on BBC2 Gardeners’ World  (click to view the video)

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.

Andy will be guiding visitors through the Garden, discussing the beauty of the magnolias, their origins and cultivation.  He explains: “We hope that our impressive magnolias repeat the success of last year and give majestic colour between March and April.  At over 60 feet tall, the Magnolia campbellii in the Azalea Ring can put on a lavish display which can be seen for miles.”

To mark 2015’s 50th Anniversary of the Garden being open to the public, 50 more magnolias have been added to the existing collection in the Garden and Woodland.

March and the beginning of April are the best time to admire these rare gems.

Guided tours available on:

Tuesday 5th April 11.30am

Tuesday 12th April 11.30am

£11.00 per person [£10.00 excluding Gift Aid] includes Garden entry  Book Now

Magnolia Collection

 

Apr
8
Fri
2016
The RHS presents: Terrific Trees -Book Now!
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A unique opportunity to enjoy one of Britain’s best collections of champion trees in the company of the Woody Plant Committee and Britain’s greatest tree experts – Roy Lancaster VMH CBE, plantsman, author and broadcaster and Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum, RBG Kew, author and plant explorer.

Included in the day are a talk on the history of Borde Hill Garden by the owner, Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, a question and answer session and ‘Walk and Talk’ around the garden led by RHS experts and Borde Hill Head Gardener, Andy Stevens.

You are invited to bring along plant material for interest or identification, and there will be plant sales on the day.

RHS Members and Borde Hill Friends and groups (15+): £10, Non-RHS Members: £12  Book Now

Advanced booking only.

Tony Kirkham

Tony Kirkham

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Roy Lancaster

 

 

Apr
12
Tue
2016
Amazing Magnolias: Guided Walk -Book Now!
Apr 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias, as shown on BBC2 Gardeners’ World  (click to view the video)

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.

Andy will be guiding visitors through the Garden, discussing the beauty of the magnolias, their origins and cultivation.  He explains: “We hope that our impressive magnolias repeat the success of last year and give majestic colour between March and April.  At over 60 feet tall, the Magnolia campbellii in the Azalea Ring can put on a lavish display which can be seen for miles.”

To mark 2015’s 50th Anniversary of the Garden being open to the public, 50 more magnolias have been added to the existing collection in the Garden and Woodland.

March and the beginning of April are the best time to admire these rare gems.

Guided tours available on:

Tuesday 5th April 11.30am

Tuesday 12th April 11.30am

£11.00 per person [£10.00 excluding Gift Aid] includes Garden entry  Book Now

Magnolia Collection

 

Apr
26
Tue
2016
Spring Beauty: Light and Land Photography Workshop
Apr 26 all-day

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Spring Beauty at Borde Hill: Light and Land Photography Workshop

The day will begin with a welcome from the tutors (Sue and Charlie) and a presentation from Sue about flower photography. Topics covered will include using natural light, understanding colour theory, choosing the right background, and finding the composition, as well as some more advanced techniques such as multiple exposures.

This will be followed by practical sessions in the garden, where Sue and Charlie will help participants to put the theory into practice as they search for that perfect photograph!

Included:azalea
Tuition from Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop
Entrance to Borde Hill Garden
Tea/coffee and light lunch served in Borde Hill House

Price: £195.00

Book direct via the Light and Land website Here

May
1
Sun
2016
Sculpture Exhibition 2016
May 1 – Sep 30 all-day

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Borde Hill Garden’s 17th annual Sculpture Exhibition will transform the historic garden into an outdoor gallery alive with figurative and abstract works in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, stained glass and ceramics.

The sculptures will be strategically placed throughout the garden with the Elizabethan house as a backdrop, enticing visitors to wander and appreciate an extraordinary mix of art whilst exploring the renowned plant collection that has put Borde Hill Garden on the map.

A notable celebration of art and sculpture, the exhibition showcases works by both established and up-and-coming artists. It offers a unique art experience set within what Country Life has described as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’.

Borde Hill Garden will continue the tradition of providing great family days out by once again producing the popular and engaging Kids Sculpture Exhibition Quiz.

All works in the exhibition are available for sale.

Kindly sponsored by 1st Central Insurance

Friends go Free

May
28
Sat
2016
British Eventing Horse Trials
May 28 – May 30 all-day

Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Friends go Free

Nature Week Trail & Activities
May 28 @ 11:00 am – Jun 5 @ 3:00 pm

11am to 3pm every day from 28th May to 5th June 2016.

Friends go Free

No extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only!

 

Jun
23
Thu
2016
RHS Rose Talk & House Tour -Book Now!
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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The Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

The chance to enjoy a presentation by James Alexander-Sinclair (garden designer, award winning writer, compelling speaker and frequent broadcaster) on choosing the best varieties, planting, care and maintenance of roses.

Learn about the history of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden with its 450 David Austin roses and celebrate its evolution in the year of its 20th anniversary.

Preceded by a tour of the Elizabethan House and followed by a glass of wine and canapés in the scented rose garden itself.

RHS Members and Borde Hill Friends and groups (15+): £25, Non-RHS Members: £30 Book Now

Jun
25
Sat
2016
Army Benevolent Fund with the Royal Sussex Yeomanry Marching Band
Jun 25 all-day

This is a separately ticked event – details of programme and prices to follow.

Aug
1
Mon
2016
Summer Family Fun
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm

In August we will have our Family Fun Days. No extra charge for these events! Friends go Free

 

Aug
7
Sun
2016
Musical Sundays
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm

Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful Garden setting. Friends go Free

Every Sunday in August between 1-3pm.

 

Aug
13
Sat
2016
British Eventing Horse Trials
Aug 13 – Aug 14 all-day

Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Friends go Free

Sep
15
Thu
2016
RHS Plant Hunters Talk and Tour- Book Now!
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

‘In the footsteps of the Plant hunters’

Enjoy a presentation given by writer and presenter Matthew Biggs about the era of the great Victorian plant hunters whose introductions transformed British gardening, reaching its peak in the Victorian era with many surviving varieties still at Borde Hill. They worked not only for nurseries but private collectors, among them Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke of Borde Hill Garden who sponsored, among others, George Forrest, Ernest Wilson and Frank Kingdon-Ward; many of their plants still remain in the collection.

This talk considers the lives of our most famous plant hunters, tells tales of their extraordinary adventures and reveals many of the plants they introduced. It is certain to add excitement to the plants, not only at Borde Hill but in every garden.

Then see the plants in real life grown to champion specimens during an extended walk through the Borde Hill collection in our Garden, Parkland and Woods

RHS Members and Borde Hill Friends and groups (15+): £21, Non-RHS Members: £25 Book Now

Oct
4
Tue
2016
NGS – open day
Oct 4 all-day

Visit on our NGS day and the net proceeds from all Garden Entry tickets go to support the National Gardens Scheme

Oct
22
Sat
2016
Haunted Halloween Fun
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm

11am to 3pm every day from 22nd October to 30th October 2016. Friends go Free

No extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only!

Complete the spooky Halloween trail around the Garden then meet the resident witch or wizard to collect a treat!  The fun doesn’t stop there, pay a visit to the haunted marquee for activities and other spooktakular fun! Don’t forget the Adventure Playground, lakes and parkland!

Dogs on leads welcome.

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