Mid Summer Border
Discover herbaceous plants, burnished gold and green grasses and a carpet of miniature daffodils
Mid Summer Border
Our visitors often linger on the benches and paths around the South Lawn because this wide expanse of grass, bordered by rhododendrons, camellias and other rare trees and shrubs, represents so much of what Borde Hill has to offer.
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In 1898 the ground was levelled and laid with grass so the newly created South Lawn would appear to run seamlessly out into the Parkland and wooded hills.
These days you will find pink, purple and red rhododendrons planted by Robert Stephenson Clarke in the 1970s and ’80s, mixed with evergreen Kurume azaleas. These flourish alongside richly flamboyant rhododendrons planted by Andrewjohn and Eleni Stephenson Clarke.
In the spring the ground beneath the oak trees is carpeted with hundreds of miniature daffodils, Narcissus ‘Hawera’, Tulipa sylvestris and blue muscari while in the autumn pink and white ivy-leaved cyclamens (Cyclamen hederifolium) appear.
Plants of Interest
- Calamagrostis brachytricha
- Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’
- Cotinus ‘Grace’
- ‘Royal ‘Purple’
- Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’
- Acer palmatum
- Callicarpa japonica
The ideal place for children to explore, learn and find joy in nature
Plan a fun-filled day for you and your family in the great outdoors, come rain or shine. Enjoy the perfect balance of fresh air and big open spaces to roam in, then refuel at the Gardeners’ Retreat Cafe, enjoy a picnic in the Garden or by the lakes or treat yourself to a delicious ice cream from the Gift Shop.
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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.
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.
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