As part of our two week celebrations to mark the 80th Anniversary of Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ being cultivated at Borde Hill, join camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, on a guided tour of the Garden’s renowned camellia collection.
Trace the history of these wonderful plants, brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ here in the 1930’s. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.
After the tour, why not stop to enjoy lunch at the Gardeners’ Retreat Café before exploring the Garden at your leisure during the afternoon.
Sensible shoes are advisable.