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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.
Delight in the wonderful scents and display in Jay Robin’s Rose Garden . Relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Garden of Allah. Enjoy the new plantings in the Italian Garden and Paradise Walk, and more.


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 2015

    • Easter Eggsplorer Trail, Garden Games & activities 28 Mar until 12 Apr 2015
      • Become an explorer! Hunt the hidden creatures and clues in the Garden, have fun solving riddles. A varied and educational trail for all ages. Giant garden games and activities for visitors young and old!

    • 'Scent in the Garden' Talk 23 Apr
      • A rare treat with Stephen Lacey presenting his new book “RHS Companion to Scented Plants” – including a garden and house tour and cream tea in the Elizabethan mansion house. £27 with 20% discount for RHS Individual members (£21.60).



    • Sculpture Exhibition 1 May until 1 Sep 2015
      • Appreciate the Garden as a gallery. Exhibition of selected artists’ work

    • Azaleas in Bloom 18 May until 29 May 2015
      • If you come as a group you may also pre-book a house or garden tour.

    • Nature Trail, with talks & activities 23 May until 31 May 2015
      • Activities, talks and sessions with nature and wildlife as a theme. Complete the nature trail around the Garden, finding clues and solving puzzles.