Sunday, 23 September 2012

Borde Hill

A couple of weeks ago I visited this beautiful garden, which is about 40 minutes drive from my home here in East Sussex. I haven't visited for a couple of years, and I was pleased to see they have invested quite a bit of money into improving the visitor facilities. The cafe has always been good, and the toasted teacakes were on fine form. The Garden was created in the early 1900’s with plants gathered by the great plant collectors from their travels to the Himalayas, China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes. Listed as Grade II* importance by English Heritage on its register of Parks and Gardens, Borde Hill contains the best private collection of champion trees in Britain and one of the most comprehensive collections of trees and shrubs in the world. The garden is open until 4th November, and more information can be found here.

The house has been turned into apartments.

Cleomes and aconitum compete for Tallest Plant 2012.

This new area used to be for plant sales.

A sunlit pathway

A more formal area

Dazzling Dahlias

A kaleidoscopic combination

The Italian Garden

And from the other side..

The symbol of Borde Hill

Tropical sunshine in September!


  1. So many beautiful places in England. That's why I enjoy looking at your blog, seeing your regular garden visits. And LOVE that sculpture of the lady!

  2. She's great isn't she, so elegant and full of joy. Thanks for your regular visits!

  3. Martin, I visited Borde Hill two years ago in late spring. At that time the roses were very much in the foreground. How different it looks now in your post at this time of the year. I thought it was one of the most beautiful gardens that we visited on that vacation. I absolutely love the dahlias! Can someone please tell me why I am not growing dahlias? Thanks for another great garden tour.

    1. It's a great garden which has a special atmosphere. Dahlias are gradually creeping into my garden - they tend to steal the show! Some people seem to give them a separate area, like vegetables, rather than incorporate them into a border. I do both, but not on a large scale at all. If I had a larger garden I would definitely grow more.

  4. This property is amazing! So many gardens to visit (especially in England) and so little time. Great photos, beautiful garden.


    1. We are spoilt for gardens, I know, when you think how small England is compared to U.S. Thanks for the visit.

  5. I do like those garden paths. Lovely gardens.