22nd June - 23rd June
10:00am - 5:00pm

Festival Fringe Events

Ticket Prices (Early Bird discount until 31st May)

Adults: £18 (Early Bird £15)
Members (Borde Hill / RHS / Gardens Illustrated): £14.40 (Early Bird £12)
Children (3-16 years): £8 (Early Bird £5)
Festival Talks: £10 per person (booking required)
Fringe events are included in the ticket price

Two adults wearing hats at an event at Borde Hill during the summer.

A Programme of Complimentary Fringe Events

Included in your Festival Day Ticket

Throughout the weekend, Festival-goers can immerse themselves in a captivating programme of complimentary fringe events.

From inspiring talks featuring designer Cath Kidston and Festival partner Wiston Estate, to engaging demonstrations led by florists Bloom and Burn and Catherine Foxwell, to insightful tours of the Garden and expert gardening advice from the RHS, there’s an enticing array of experiences to explore and enjoy.

Soak in the laid-back summer vibe of live jazz music on the South Lawn, while enjoying a refreshing glass of botanical drink Botivo. Families can head to our Kids Corner, where there will be interactive activities and events for children conveniently located on the Azalea Ring, next to the Garden’s Adventure Playground. 

The front view of Borde Hill House

Saturday’s Fringe Events 

Saturday 22nd June
10.30 – 11.30am

Demonstration in the Garden Marquee

A Bowl of Blooms

Graeme Corbett, Bloom and Burn 

Using locally grown flowers and sustainable mechanics, Graeme Corbett, owner of Bloom and Burn floral studio and cutting garden in Kent, will demonstrate how to create a bowl of blooms, perfect for a centrepiece at home.

An arrangement like this is a great way to get creative with your flower arrangements and can be made with whatever you can find in the garden.

Harry Baldwin, Head of Horticulture. Image Clive Nichols

Saturday 22nd June
11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00 – 3.00pm

Tours of Borde Hill

Guided Garden Tours

Harry Baldwin, Head of Horticulture

Join a fascinating tour of Borde Hill’s 17-acre formal garden. Explore our rich history as you weave between outdoor ‘garden rooms’, each boasting a distinctive character and planting scheme that provides variety, colour and interest throughout the seasons.

Discover what it takes to maintain our oasis of tranquillity, along with our ambitious plans to protect Borde Hill’s rare and significant plant collection for generations to come.

Saturday 22nd June
12.00 – 13.00pm

Talk & Tasting in the Garden Marquee

The Story Behind Wiston Sparkling Wine

Kirsty Goring, Brand Director

Taste the result of Wiston Estate’s journey from a conventional farming estate, via a South African marriage, to producing award-winning sparkling wine being served on British Airways.

Kirsty will host a tasting while telling the story of the family, the place and the passion that has led to Wiston creating a winery that exports around the world, runs regular tours and tastings, has a shop and Chalk Restaurant.

Rose Garden at Borde Hill - Clive Nichols

Saturday 22nd June
12.30 – 13.30pm

Practical Growing Advice in the Rose Garden

Choosing the Best Roses & the Best Scented Roses

Michael Marriott, RHS Committee Member and former Rosarian at David Austin Roses 

Gain rose-growing advice from the expert! With a few basic rules roses are extremely easy to grow giving flowers and very often fragrance and hips for months on end. They are definitely the most garden-worthy of all plants and can be incorporated in just about every style of garden, from the formal to the wild, or more intimate to large scale.

Saturday 22nd June
1.30 – 2.30pm

Demonstration in the Garden Marquee

Hand Tied Bouquets

Graeme Corbett, Bloom and Burn 

Using locally grown flowers, Graeme Corbett, owner of Bloom and Burn floral studio and cutting garden in Kent, will demonstrate how to make a hand-tied bouquet. It’s a tricky technique, but once you’ve mastered it, you can make professional looking bouquets using home-grown flowers.

This is a great skill to learn if you want to use your flowers for gifting or to elevate shop bought blooms.

Saturday 22nd June
2.00 – 2.45pm

Discussion Panel in the Animal Room, Borde Hill House

A Passion for Plants

Hosted by Stephanie Mahon, Editor, Gardens Illustrated, in conversation with Jo Thompson, Jinny Blom, Alice and Maddie Bailey (Forest London)

Stephanie Mahon, editor of Gardens Illustrated, talks to – Jo Thompson, Jinny Blom, Alice and Maddie Bailey (Forest London) – who have all made their names through plants.

Join us to discover, among other things, the plants and gardens that inspire them, what drives them, and the plants they wouldn’t be without.

Saturday 22nd June
3.00 – 4.00pm

Talk in the Garden Marquee

A Passion for Pelargoniums

Cath Kidston & Water Lane

Join designer Cath Kidston Padgham MBE, founder of C.Atherley in conversation with Ian James, custodian of Water Lane Walled Garden, to discuss their love of all things pelargonium.

Hear how Cath’s passion for pelargoniums, fragrance and gardens, led to C.Atherley, her new bath and beauty brand. 

Sunday’s Fringe Events

Sunday 23rd June
10.30 – 11.30am & 1.30 – 2.30pm

Demonstrations in the Garden Marquee

Flower Arranging

Catherine Foxwell, Floral Evolution

Catherine has been a florist since 2015 and has a passion for using colour and structure in her work. Her book Floral Evolution published in 2022 focuses on repurposing flowers to get the most out of every stem, believing that anyone can use simple, sometimes less fashionable flowers to make something beautiful.

In this hand-tied bouquet workshop, she will share basic the basic techniques to help you create a beautiful bouquet at home.

Harry Baldwin, Head of Horticulture. Image Clive Nichols

Sunday 23rd June
11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00 – 3.00pm

Tours of Borde Hill

Guided Garden Tours

Borde Hill’s Garden Team

Join a fascinating tour of Borde Hill’s 17-acre formal garden. Explore our rich history as you weave between outdoor ‘garden rooms’, each boasting a distinctive character and planting scheme that provides variety, colour and interest throughout the seasons.

Discover what it takes to maintain our oasis of tranquillity, along with our ambitious plans to protect Borde Hill’s rare and significant plant collection for generations to come.

Sunday 23rd June
12.00 – 1.00pm

Demonstration in the Garden Marquee

Botivo – Cocktail Masterclass

Sam Paget Steavenson and Imme Ermgassen, Co-Founders

Join the co-founders of Botivo, a small batch, aperitif inspired drink with bittersweet, herbal and citrus notes. Delve into the process behind their meticulously crafted non-alcoholic drink, followed by an engaging demonstration on concocting delightful Botivo cocktails in the comfort of your own home. 

Rose Garden at Borde Hill - Clive Nichols

Sunday 23rd June
12.30 – 13.30pm

Practical Growing Advice in the Rose Garden

Choosing the Best Roses & the Best Scented Roses

Michael Marriott, RHS Committee Member and former Rosarian at David Austin Roses 

Gain rose-growing advice from the expert! With a few basic rules roses are extremely easy to grow giving flowers and very often fragrance and hips for months on end. They are definitely the most garden-worthy of all plants and can be incorporated in just about every style of garden, from the formal to the wild, or more intimate to large scale.

Sunday 23rd June
3.00 – 4.00pm

Demonstration in the Garden Marquee

Preserve Nature

WAX Atelier

Hand-dip a leaf or flower in coloured beeswax to craft a unique memento from Borde Hill Garden Festival.

WAX Atelier, led by Lola and Yesenia, revives ancient crafts like candle dipping & textiles with natural wax. Their London studio champions sustainability through local sourcing and eco-friendly practices, creating beautiful homewares.

Harry Baldwin - Head of Horticulture

Sunday 23rd June
4.00 – 4.45pm

Talk & Discussion Panel in the Animal Room, Borde Hill House

Growing from the Past, Planting for the Future

Manoj Malde, Garden Designer, Presenter and RHS Judge, with Harry Baldwin, Borde Hill’s Head of Horticulture

Join Manoj and Head of Horticulture, Harry, as they explore the remarkable legacy of Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke, the visionary plantsman behind the Garden’s extraordinary plant collection, before gaining insights into Borde Hill’s pioneering propagation programme. Both will lead a discussion panel where you can put your gardening questions to the experts!

Kids Corner

Throughout the Festival, Borde Hill’s Azalea Ring will inspire children of all ages with outdoor play and nature focused workshops, sowing the seeds for the next generation of plant lovers.

Two children potting plants at Borde Hill. Image: Emli Bendixen

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
10am – 4pm

Azalea Ring

Sow & Grow

Bring your family to our nature-inspired drop-in sessions. Sow herb and salad seeds in a biodegradable pot, take them home and watch them grow before planting out in a larger pot or in your garden. Use what you grow to add delicious flavours to the meals you cook at home!

Recommended age: 3+

Three children running in the Italian Garden at Borde Hill in summer.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
11am –  3pm

Azalea Ring

Circus Skills

Step right up! Families at Borde Hill Garden Festival can join our drop-in sessions to unleash their inner circus talents! Meet our ringmaster and dive into the world of diabolos, juggling, poi spinning, hooping, plate spinning, clown bike riding, pedal racer balancing, and even tightrope walking!

Recommended age: 3+

Three children running in the Italian Garden at Borde Hill in summer.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
10am – 5pm

Azalea Ring

Adventure Playground

Throughout the Festival, young explorers can let off steam in our natural wood Adventure Playground. Children can navigate their way through a series of exciting equipment including swings, stepping logs, climbing frames, a slide, and a zip wire for the most adventurous.

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Festival Programme

Festival Talks

Join our programme of Festival Talks by some of today’s most exciting garden designers, experts, and creatives, including:

Jinny Blom, Jo Thompson, Errol Fernandes and Forest London   

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Gardening & Lifestyle Stalls

Browse a global blend of over 40 artisans, growers and unique brands in a series of beautiful stalls and tents, including:

Beth Chatto’s Plants & Garden, Eleplants Nursery, Niwaki, Gabriel Ash

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Two adults relaxing in deckchairs at an event at Borde Hill during the summer.

Food & Drink

Discover a fusion of flavours from Sussex’s best pop-ups, including wood-fired pizzas, Italian, Egyptian and Greek street food.

Enjoy Wiston Estate Sparkling Wine and Botanical Cocktails in the Garden 

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Two adults wearing hats at an event at Borde Hill during the summer.

Become a Member

Make the most of the great outdoors and visit time and again by becoming a Member of Borde Hill

Borde Hill Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden and Parkland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs, the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show and much more. Family Membership also provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

Discover the Possibilities

A family next to the water feature in the Rose Garden at Borde Hill during summer.

Become a Member

Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden, Parkland and Woodland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs and much more. Family Membership provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

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Italian Garden at Borde Hill. Image: Molly Hollman

Our Garden & Grounds

Set within 383 acres of heritage listed Parkland, our formal Garden captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate 'Garden rooms'. Beyond the formal Garden you can explore Woodland walks, the South Park and our lakes with outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.

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A misty atmospheric view of trees in North Park at Borde Hill with cows in the distance.

Support Us

As a small, independent Garden Charity, we rely on your kind generosity to help fund our projects and to continue to grow sustainably, protecting our natural heritage for generations to come. 'Reinventing Borde Hill' is our most ambitious project to date and your support will help us to achieve exciting plans to benefit our local community.

It would make a huge difference if you would consider supporting us by making a donation – thank you.

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