Borde Hill Garden has teamed up with the beautiful private Sussex garden, Town Place, to offer groups the opportunity to visit both iconic gardens in one day, at the great value of £15pp. Located just 15 minutes from Borde Hill, groups can explore the 3 acre garden at Town Place which boasts with over 600 roses, herbaceous borders, a herb garden and topiary inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Grade II*listed Borde Hill Garden offers panoramic views over the High Weald with colour and interest throughout the season, from March to the end of October, and has been welcoming groups for over 50 years. The season begins with magnificent displays of early flowering magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, moving to summer's fragrant roses and exotic herbaceous borders and finally to an autumnal blaze of trees and shrubs.
Groups can enjoy tours of the Elizabethan Mansion House and Garden with a knowledgeable tour guide, who will bring the history of this magnificent family home and intimate Garden to life. Guided tours are by prior arrangement, and at a small additional cost. Borde Hill Garden has a beautifully decorated marquee that can be booked for exclusive use during a group visit. This is the ideal place to relax, enjoy a buffet lunch or cream team, and reflect on what you have seen. The Gardeners' Retreat Café is open every day serving light lunches, cakes and bakes, as well as delicious barista coffee and locally produced ice-creams.
In 2019, Borde Hill Garden also continues its joint ticket offer with The Bluebell Railway - an iconic neighbouring Sussex attraction and just 15 minutes from Borde Hill. Groups can enjoy a relaxing journey in timeless comfort on board one of the famous steam locomotives, followed by a leisurely afternoon stroll around Borde Hill. What's more, Borde Hill has also teamed up with local Sussex winery, Bolney Wine Estate, to offer groups a really special day to include a guided walk around Borde Hill Garden with a buffet lunch served in the decorated marquee, followed by a wine tour and tasting at Bolney with a cream tea to round off the day.
2019 will be an exciting year as Borde Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of exhibiting sculpture and art in the Garden, marking this special milestone with a large scale exhibition. It will run from the 11th May to 30th September and the majority of the exhibition will take place in the 17-acre formal area of the Garden surrounding the Elizabethan Mansion House, where nature and art complement each other perfectly, working in harmony as an outdoor gallery.
The summer months will see a programme of varied music and in July, back by popular demand, is open air opera on the South Lawn. Opera Brava will stage La Traviatta on Friday 26th July and The Barber of Seville on Saturday 27th July and tickets will be on sale this autumn. On selected Sunday's during July and August there will be live music in the Garden ranging from relaxing jazz to classic rock.
Borde Hill Garden and Parkland offers a wonderful day out, full of horticultural delights which will stimulate your senses.
A brief history….
In 1892, Colonel Stephenson R Clarke purchased Borde Hill and began his visionary journey to create a botanically-rich collection. The Garden was first opened to the public in 1965 by Sir Ralph Stephenson Clarke, and visitors came from far and wide to enjoy its stunning vistas and fascinating heritage.
A century on and four generations later, the Stephenson Clarke Family continue to cherish and enhance Borde Hill, including their rejuvenation of the formal 17 acre Garden with a series of distinctive and individually styled 'garden rooms'.
Opening and booking
Conveniently situated just 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath in West Sussex, Borde Hill Garden is open daily from 10am to 6pm (dusk if earlier), commencing mid March to the end of October for Groups of over 15 people.
For more information and garden highlights, please visit http://www.bordehill.co.uk or email or call (01444) 450326.
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP