Explore the galleries below for a visual tour of the Garden, Parkland and Woodland.
Described as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’ by Country Life magazine, Borde Hill is a spectacularly beautiful and historic garden, as seen in the photos below. Boasting exotic specimens, champion trees and rare plants collected by the great Victorian travellers, Borde Hill is truly the best of all worlds.
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The Azalea Ring is formed by a horseshoe-shaped planting scheme of deciduous azaleas. During late May, they dazzle in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, white and cream.
Garden Of Allah
A peaceful corner of the Garden with champion trees, magnolias and camellias. Best in the spring when magnificent magnolias burst into life. The wildlife pond was created in 1997 with Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Italian Garden & Paradise Walk
The Italian Garden features a formal pool which started life as the family tennis court. Paradise Walk connects the South Lawn and the West of the Garden and has been recently replanted with a design by RHS award-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw.
Long Dell & Old Potting Sheds
The Long Dell houses the mirrored ‘Infinity Box’, an installation designed by RHS Gold Medalist Gabrielle Evans and reimagined by Landscape Architect, Jade Goto. The Old Potting Sheds were originally a Victorian cottage. The ruins have been reinvented to house an interesting collection of Southern hemisphere plants.
North Park slopes gradually to the floor of the upper Ouse Valley where the monumental brick viaduct carries the main London to Brighton railway high above the valley floor.
Old Rhododendron Gardens
Some of the first rhododendrons brought to the UK by the great Victorian plant hunters were planted here and continue to bloom.
Rose & Mediterranean Gardens
The Rose Garden was designed by Robin Williams and now has over 750 David Austin English roses. It is a feast for the senses and particularly lovely in high summer. The Mediterranean Garden, also designed by Robin Williams, is a sunny courtyard on the site of a Victorian greenhouse.
This exotic part of the Garden features a sub-tropical dell with palm trees, bananas and architectural plants. The contemporary entrance into the dell was designed by RHS award winning garden designer, Sophie Walker.
The Lawn & House
The impressive Elizabethan Mansion was built in 1598 by Stephen Borde, whose grandfather was linked to the courts of Henry VIII and Edward VI. The west end of the House is original, with the east wing and porch added by Col. Stephenson R. Clarke in 1893.
The South Park & Lakes
To the south is an expanse of open parkland with two large lakes and plantings of mixed woodland and scatterings of mature specimen trees.
The West Garden
To the West of the South Lawn, beyond the ancient Oak, the land rises up a bank that is home to plants which get the morning sun and add late summer and autumn colour
To the North West of the Garden is Warren Wood, which from 1905 was planted with a fine collection of native and exotic trees. During Spring huge flowering rhododendrons overhang carpets of bluebells and wood anemones.
Borde Hill Events
Borde Hill offers an exciting programme of events for all the family, including family trails at Easter, Summer and Halloween, Open Air Opera, a bi-annual Sculpture Exhibition and large-scale Parkland events.