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.
Boasts a riot of colour from a wide range of deciduous azaleas. Best appreciated in May and early summer.
Old Rhododendron Garden
Some of the first rhododendrons brought to the UK by the great Victorian plant hunters were planted here and continue to bloom.
Garden of Allah
A 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.
A mixed planting of Gold Standard roses and herbaceous plants designed by Dr Tony Lord in 2011. The design includes vibrant colours from midsummer onwards.
A 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.
Old Potting Sheds
Originally a Victorian cottage, these ruin have been reinvented to house an interesting collection of Southern hemisphere plants.
Connecting the East and West of the Garden, this colourful route takes you to to the Italian Garden and Round Dell.
Jay Robin’s Rose Garden
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.
This exotic part of the Garden features sub-tropical dell with palm trees, bananas and architectural plants.