What to do – Garden

A Paradise for Plants in the Heart of Sussex

Borde Hill is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 200 acres of traditional parkland. It captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate ‘living garden rooms’, fine woodland, parkland, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. – See our Garden MAP
One of the country’s truly great gardens

‘Drama on the Hill’ – The Times

The Main Garden

At the heart of the garden, Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan Tudor mansion from 1598, provides a superb backdrop to the formal 17-acre Garden which flows into a series of linked ‘garden rooms’, each boasting its own distinctive character & style.
For over 100 years the plantings have evolved with the vision of seasonal colour and interest to compliment the plantings of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. The Rose Garden and herbaceous borders add a blaze of colour and the sub-tropical Dells have an air of tropical mystery, whilst sheltered areas within a mature landscape bring unexpected delights.

Azalea Ring

A riot of colour from deciduous azaleas in May and early summer.

Garden of Allah

Quiet corner of the Garden with champion trees, magnolias and camellias.

Italian Garden

Delightful pool with a tranquility echoed by the Italian style plantings.

Mid Summer Border

A mixed planting of Gold Standard roses and herbaceous plants designed by Dr Tony Lord 2011.

Old Potting Sheds

Old buildings now used for Southern hemisphere plants.

Old Rhodo Garden

Some of the first rhododendrons to come to UK were planted here by the great Victorian plant hunters.

Paradise Walk

Connects the East and Est of the garden and gives access to the Italian Garden and Round Dell.

Rose Garden

Designed in 1996 by Robin Williams and planted with 500 David Austin English roses.

Round Dell

Sub-tropical dell with palm trees, bananas and architectural plants.
  • What’s On in 2014

    • Sculpture Exhibition 1 May until 30 Sep 2014
      • Appreciate the Garden as a gallery. Exhibition of selected artists’ work

    • Summer Family Fun 1 Aug until 31 Aug 2014
      • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will have our Family Fun Days. No extra charge for these events!

        Please click on document on the right for more details.

    • Musical Sundays 1 Aug until 31 Aug 2014
      • Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy the music in a beautiful Garden setting.

        Sunday 3rd August “Jazz Smugglers”

        Sussex’s top jazz band, performing the liquid, smooth, eloquent, exquisite, lovely, beautiful, classic songs by the timeless composers, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington.

        Sunday 10th August “Opera Verismo”

        Dramatic and exciting instrumental overtures, preludes & arias from composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Cilea and Giordano.

        Sunday 17th August “Crawley Millennium Concert Band”

        A lively concert band with an exciting range of music from rock to jazz, classical to military and dance to show music.

        Sunday 24th August “Sussex String Quartet”

        Established for over twenty-five years, it performs regularly at functions throughout the south of England. The Quartet will be performing well-known pieces from its Baroque repertoire as well as one or two popular tunes.

        Sunday 31st August “Ensemble Reza (Cello Duet)”

        Ensemble Reza’s members represent some of this country’s finest orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    • Outdoor Theatre (evenings) 8 Aug until 9 Aug 2014
      • We are delighted to welcome Heartbreak Productions who have been established for over 21 years, providing open-air theatre at its very best! Additional charge applies (£12.00 adult / £8.00 child)

        Please bring low-backed seating, or blanket. Picnics welcome, or you can order a hamper! Entry to the Garden, one-hour before performances.

        Friday 8th August (7:30pm) is the classic Pride & Prejudice. Witty, lively and engaging, award-winning Heartbreak Productions presents a classic adaptation of the timeless tale of five sisters in search of love and happiness.

        Incorporating music and dance, the immersive production will sweep you into the opulent world of society balls and amorous love affairs.


        Saturday 9th August (6:30pm) is our children’s theatre, Peter Pan! Prepare to be whisked away to a world where you’ll never have to grow up…

        Heartbreak’s enthusiastic and innovative performance style guarantees an evening full of enchantment, laughter and excitement as this classic tale is brought bang up to date.

        Join a group of skateboarders in an overnight protest to save their local park from government cuts and be drawn into a Neverland adventure.




    • British Eventing Horse Trials 16 Aug until 17 Aug 2014
      • British Eventing Horse Trials where local riders compete alongside international stars!