With the promise of warm days ahead, there's still time to plan in a memorable Group visit to Borde Hill Garden. Summer is a perfect time to witness the beauty of the Rose Garden and herbaceous borders ablaze with colour and scent.
When government advice allows, groups can enjoy pre-booked tours of the Garden where our knowledgeable guides will bring the fascinating history of Borde Hill to life. Enjoy a guided tour with our Head Gardener this summer to include the romantic Rose Garden planted with 750 David Austin roses, or a tour later in the year to be amazed by the magnificent autumn colour.
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. If you prefer to eat al fresco, we can offer alternative take away options to include a packed lunch to enjoy in the Garden. The Gardeners' Retreat Café is also open every day serving light lunches, cakes and bakes, as well as delicious barista coffee and locally produced ice-creams.
Borde Hill also continues its joint ticket offer with The Bluebell Railway - a neighbouring Sussex attraction just 15 minutes from the Garden - please check their opening times. Groups can enjoy a relaxing journey in timeless comfort onboard one of the famous steam locomotives, followed by a leisurely afternoon stroll around Borde Hill. What's more, we've also teamed up with Sussex Prairie Garden, where groups can enjoy exclusive morning access to Britain's largest 'Prairie' or 'Naturalistic' garden, with eight acres to roam around, followed by an afternoon enjoying the more formal aesthetics at Borde Hill. Offering a perfect day out in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
There's also an enticing line up of summer events which are perfect for Groups or individuals:
Rose Celebration Weeks, 14 - 27 June
Admire the beauty of the Rose Garden at its peak; a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance. The Rose Garden contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also includes the most popular rose varieties sold in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell. The Rose Garden is a true highlight of the summer, with the sight and fragrance being something to behold. Groups can also browse the plant nursery for David Austin roses, or take home a rose-themed souvenir from the gift shop; a perfect reminder of their visit.
Sussex Gin Fest
Sat 10 July, 12noon-9pm
Join us for a gintastic outdoor festival in the Borde Hill parkland, with a wide range of locally distilled Sussex Gins, plus delicious hot and cold food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin and a live programme of entertainment throughout the day. Tickets include entry to the Garden until 6pm. Advance booking required Sussex Gin Fest 2021 - Borde Hill Garden
Sun 4 & 18 July, 15 & 29 Aug,
5 Sept, 1-3pm
We're delighted to host our popular Musical Picnics throughout the summer, where visitors are invited to bring a picnic, kick back and relax with the family to live music in the beauty of the Garden. With a different genre of music on each day, ranging from Jazz to Rock, our Musical Picnics are the perfect accompaniment to a Sunday afternoon. Included in admission.
'Form in Nature' Sculpture Exhibition
7 May to 30 Sept
See the beautiful garden transformed into a stunning outdoor gallery with 'Form in Nature', a carefully curated exhibition of sculpture. Groups will be able to explore a diverse collection of over 80 sculptures placed throughout the formal garden. The diverse display of abstract and figurative works will highlight fresh new talent, alongside some familiar names returning to be part of this celebration of art. Exhibition kindly sponsored by 1st Central Insurance.
Specialist Plant Fair
Sun 12 Sept, 10am-3pm
The Plant Fairs Roadshow will be returning to Borde Hill Garden to set up their stalls on the Azalea Ring to tempt visitors with a mouth-watering selection of locally grown, garden-worthy, rare and unusual plants.
Borde Hill also has a wonderful gift shop, plant sales, two cafes, a restaurant and the Green Tree Gallery, ensuring there is plenty to enjoy.
To enquire about a group visit please call Lorna Edmonds on 01444 450326 or email