|March 21, 2011 10:00 am||to||September 11, 2011 6:00 pm|
|October 22, 2011 10:00 am||to||October 30, 2011 6:00 pm|
The renowned garden of delights that is Borde Hill is promising a packed calendar of events and unforgettable memories for its 2011 season. The acclaimed venue offers outdoor splendours for all ages and interests, from gardener enthusiasts to music and car lovers and every member of the family.
Throwing open its doors to visitors on Monday 21 March, Borde Hill is this year sporting an impressive new entrance, complete with expanded gift shop and plant sales area.
Offering a gift for every occasion, the shop is packed with everything from local produce such as Paynes Sussex honey to quality items such as Ideal Home china mugs, Ulster Weavers kitchen co-ordinates, superb Madaraff handbags, Bradleys Tannery leather gardening accessories, Padblocks magnetic writing pads and blocks and Elite fairy gifts and novelty childrens’ toys.
The newly enhanced Italian Garden will create a fresh focus to complement the delightful Rose Garden, created by RHS gold medallist Robin Williams in 1996. Also this year a new Rose Border has been designed by Dr Tony Lord to extent the summer colour and interest. No fewer than 4,000 narcissus, tulip (hybrid and species) anemones, scillas, hyacinth bulbs have been planted to create still more vivid colour over the season. The magnificent examples of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas are a certain draw for garden lovers, as is the unique collection of magnolias that Borde Hill has nurtured over the decades.
Linger in the Grade 11* listed landscape that embraces 17 acres of formal garden, created in the 1900s by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke – great grandfather of Andrewjohn, Borde Hill Garden’s present family in residence – then explore 200 acres of rolling mid Sussex park and woodland set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering commanding views of the Sussex Weald overlooking the river Ouse valley.
Everyone from plant enthusiast to families is welcome to enjoy the diverse range of flora including rare and exotic trees from Asia and South America, and the seasonal carpet of bluebells and wood anemones.
Borde Hill Garden hosts 82 ‘Champion’ trees in its collection and offers regular tours of these most prized specimens, some the largest of their kind to be seen anywhere in the UK and grown from the original seeds collected by some of the world’s greatest plant collectors while on their exhibitions to China and the Himalayas.
Family friendly Borde Hill holds a wealth of educational and historical interests as well as the innovative Harry’s adventure playground overlooking the lakes, where children can let their imaginations run free or just relax and picnic.
You’re spoilt for choice of food at Borde Hill Garden – the characterful Elvira Café presents a varied menu of locally sourced and home cooked food, while for that special occasion, Jeremy’s Restaurant – listed in the Good Food Guide 2011 – serves inspirational modern European food in this, it’s 25th year.
www.bordehill.co.uk • 01444 450326
Borde Hill Garden is open from 21 March to 11 September
22 to 30 October, daily from 10am to 6pm and is located 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath, West Sussex.