Plant Collections

Col Stephenson R Clarke sponsored many of the Great Plant Hunters’ expeditions from 1893 to 1937 in their collection of shrubs and trees from across the world. He then had them planted at Borde Hill, creating a unique collection of flaura and fauna which continues to bloom with vibrancy year on year.

The Garden has since continued to be planted with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family.


Ernest Wilson

Ernest Wilson
(collected from 1899-1921)

Picea, Pinus, Acer, Lindera & Chamaecyparis from China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India and Africa. Also the Handkerchief Tree – Davidia involucrata.

George Forrest
(collected from 1904-1932)

Rhododendrons, Rhus & Picea collected from China & Tibet.

Frank Kingdon-Ward
(collected from 1912-1956)

Rhododendron, Primula, Lily, Gentian & Meconopsis from China, Tibet & Burma.

Reginald Farrer
(collected from 1914-1920)

Dwarf rhododendrons, Jasmin & Viburnum from China & Burma.

Joseph Rock
(collected from 1922-1949)

Abies, Peony from Burma, Thailand & Assam.

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Rare and unusual species in one of the largest collections of ‘Champion’ trees in Britain.