10th June - 21st June
10:00am - 5:00pm

Roses In Bloom

Join us to celebrate the beauty of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden at its peak.
Jay Robin's Rose Garden at Borde Hill. Image: Julie Skelton, awarded a finalist position in the Beautiful Garden’s Category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award 2023

June is a wonderful time to admire Jay Robin’s Rose Garden at Borde Hill, designed by RHS Gold medal winner Robin Williams in 1996 and named after Andrewjohn and Eleni Stephenson Clarke’s daughter.

With 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance, the Rose Garden at Borde Hill is a real feast for the senses.

During our Roses in Bloom weeks, and throughout the summer, we’ll will be offering hints and tips to help visitors grow their own beautiful roses at home. In addition, David Austin roses from the Garden’s Plant Nursery will be available to buy at the Gift Shop. David Austin roses are repeat-flowering, and with deadheading will continue to flower and provide colour through to the autumn months.

About Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

Williams’ design ensures that the Elizabethan chimneys of Borde Hill House are immediately noticeable as visitors walk into the garden, making a spectacular backdrop to the vibrant planting. With a lavish display of over 100 varieties of David Austin roses, the Rose Garden has been designed with formal beds set in a geometric framework bordered with lavender and red brick paths and also by box replacement plants like Teucrium chamaedrys and Euonymus japonicus ‘Jean Hugues’.

The Rose Garden is a riot of colour and scent during high summer and has been designed on a colour wheel of white, yellow, pink, orange, and red roses, nestled between small trees and framed on two sides by topiary and 100-year-old yew hedges. As a nod to the original style of the 1902 plantings, wooden trellises are covered with rambling roses underplanted by delphinium, peonies, and digitalis.

At the heart of the Rose Garden is an arresting fountain statue of Aphrodite, installed in August 2020 and sculpted by artist Brendon Murless. The life-size copper figure is studded with roses and holds a bouquet from which the water bursts.

Many of Borde Hill’s plants owe their introduction to the plant hunters, including Frank Kingdon-Ward. A beautiful pink rose, bred in India from Rosa gigantea and named after the plant hunter, was planted in 2016 against the brick wall beside the Yew topiary. Other rose species are the pale pink ‘Brother Cadfael’ and ‘Fritz Nobis’, rich-pink ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ and dark-red ‘Chianti’ roses.

Borde Hill has recently replaced some of the rose shrubs due to climate change creating very cold, wet winters and very dry summers. After recommendation from David Austin, Borde Hill has replaced them with more robust varieties, including The Lady Gardener, Roald Dahl, Imogen and Olivia Rose Austin.

The Rose Garden is one of the great attractions at Borde Hill, adding to the rare collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and Champion Trees.

Find out more about Jay Robin’s Rose Garden here

Immersion Theatre's Booking Terms

Immersion Theatre’s productions are Open–Air and performed outside, uncovered. Venues and audience members therefore accept that weather, climate, temperature, light conditions, and various other elements which are out of our control, may impact on the performance. Refunds are not given for the cancellation or abandonment of a show as a result of poor weather. Exchanges will only apply should a performance be cancelled as a result of the weather before the interval.

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At A Glance

Date and time

10th June - 21st June
10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost

Included in Garden admission. Free to Members.

Important info

Tickets booked at least a day in advance receive a £1 online discount. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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, 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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