12th May
10:00am - 3:00pm

Specialist Spring Plant Fair

The Plant Fairs Roadshow returns with a wide range of locally grown, garden-worthy and unusual plants to inspire keen gardeners.
Plant stalls at the spring Plant Fair event at Borde Hill
The ever-popular Specialist Spring Plant Fair will return to Borde Hill on Sunday 12th May from 10am to 3pm. Hosted by the Plant Fairs Roadshow, a collective of independent specialist nurseries, visitors can expect an extraordinary lineup of locally grown, garden­­ worthy and unusual plants from leading growers from across the South East, including several RHS exhibitors, in a series of beautiful stalls on the Azalea Ring.

Borde Hill’s gardening team will be available throughout the event to offer invaluable horticultural advice to visitors, helping them find the right plant for the right place – a chance to put your burning horticultural questions to the experts!

The Spring Plant Fair also offers a unique opportunity to delve into Borde Hill’s rich history of planting excellence, with a complimentary talk led by Head of Horticulture, Harry Baldwin, at 12pm in the Garden Marquee. Delve into the remarkable legacy of Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke, the visionary plantsman behind the Garden’s extraordinary collection of rare trees and flowering shrubs, while hearing about the pioneering propagation programme aimed at safeguarding these botanical wonders for future generations.

Among the exciting list of specialist exhibitors will be Clare’s Chillies, Miles Japanese Maples, and Chailey Iris Garden, along with other well-known names such as Plantbase, Hardy Cottage Garden Plants and Eleplants, to name just a few. The Sussex branch of the Hardy Plant Society will be there too, along with Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Australasian Plant Society

The Spring Plant Fair is a wonderful time to visit Borde Hill, when the Azalea Ring will be a kaleidoscope of colour with deciduous Kurume azaleas. Across the Garden there will also be uplifting displays of rhododendrons, flowering trees, bluebells, tulips and striking Allium ‘Globemaster’ bulbs adding vibrant colour to the Italian Garden and Blue Border.

Nurseries attending

Beechbridge Plants
Chailey Iris Garden
Charleshurst Farm Nursery
Clares Chillies
Copton Ash
Cottage Garden Plants
Daisy Roots
Eleplants
Flower and Earth
Hardys Cottage Plants
Kent Wildflower Seeds
LDB Plants
Madrona Nursery
Miles Japanese Maples
Pelham Plants
Plantbase
Riverside Bulbs
Rose Cottage Plants
Swallowfields Nursery
Zophian Plants

We will also be joined by:

Branching Out
The Potting Shed
WOOL SHrED
Australasian Plant Society
Sussex Hardy Plant Society
Sussex Wildlife Trust

Find out more about the nurseries here

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At A Glance

Date and time

12th May
10:00am - 3:00pm

Cost

Included in Garden admission. Free to Members

Important info

Pre-booking is recommended for this event to help prevent queues on arrival. Tickets booked at least a day in advance receive a £1 online discount.

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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, and much more. Family Membership also provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

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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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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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