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.
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.
A formal lily pool with a tranquility echoed by the Italian style plantings all around. A wonderful spot to soak up the sun and let the world pass by.
Connecting the South Lawn and West of the Garden, this colourful route takes you past the Italian Garden, Round Dell & Old Potting Sheds.
Jay Robin’s Rose Garden
Designed by Robin Williams and now with over 750 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.
A mixed planting of Gold Standard roses and herbaceous plants designed by Dr Tony Lord, with vibrant colours from midsummer onwards.
Some of the first rhododendrons brought to the UK by the great Victorian plant hunters were planted here and continue to bloom.