Italian 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 for more details and what to see each month.

Also see our Photo Gallery


The Formal Garden

At the heart of the garden is Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan Tudor mansion built in 1598, which provides a superb backdrop to the formal 17-acre Garden which flows in a series of linked ‘garden rooms’, each boasting its own distinctive character and style.

For over 100 years the Garden has evolved with seasonal colour and interest to complement the original plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. The Rose Garden and herbaceous borders add a blaze of colour in the summer, while the sub-tropical Dells offer an air of exotic mystery, and sheltered areas within the mature landscape reveal unexpected delights in every corner.


Azalea Ring

Azalea Ring at Borde HillBoasts a riot of colour from a wide range of deciduous azaleas. Best appreciated in May and early summer.

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Old Rhododendron Garden

Old Rhododendron Garden at Borde HillSome of the first rhododendrons brought to the UK by the great Victorian plant hunters were planted here and continue to bloom.

Garden of Allah

Garden of Allah at Borde HillA peaceful corner of the Garden with champion trees, magnolias and camellias. At its very best in the spring when our magnificent magnolias burst into life.

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Midsummer Border

Mid Summer border at Borde HillA mixed planting of Gold Standard roses and herbaceous plants designed by Dr Tony Lord in 2011. The design includes vibrant colours from midsummer onwards.

Italian Garden

Italian Garden at Borde HillA formal lily pool with a tranquility echoed by the Italian style plantings all around. A wonderful spot to sit and let the world pass by.

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Old Potting Sheds

Old Potting Sheds at Borde HillOriginally a Victorian cottage, these ruin have been reinvented to house an interesting collection of Southern hemisphere plants.

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Paradise Walk

Paradise Walk at Borde HillConnecting the East and West of the Garden, this colourful route takes you from the South Lawn to the Italian Garden, Round Dell and the Old Potting Sheds.

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Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

Jay Robin's Rose Garden at Borde Hill Designed in 1996 by Robin Williams and planted with 500 David Austin English roses, this is a feast for the senses and particularly lovely in high summer.

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Round Dell

Round Dell at Borde Hill This exotic part of the Garden features sub-tropical dell with palm trees, bananas and architectural plants.

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