Explore Our Partner Gardens

Included in your Borde Hill Membership

Our Partner Gardens

Whether you’re exploring the renowned gardens, farmland, and cyder orchards at The Newt in Somerset, experiencing the harmony between nature and art at Dorset’s Sculpture by the Lakes, or delving into the medicinal properties of plants at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden, our growing network of partner gardens offers a carefully curated selection of inspiring green spaces.

Borde Hill members enjoy complimentary entry to our Partner Gardens – some conditions apply, as outlined below.

The Newt in Somerset

A Country Estate, Reimagined

The Newt is a working estate in Somerset with acres of splendid gardens, woodland, farmland and cyder orchards to explore. The gardens have been shaped over the last 200 years by successive enthusiasts, including Margaret Hobhouse who elevated them to a Victorian ideal, introducing colour, a greenhouse and many trees of beech, oak, pine, walnut and cedar. Renowned garden designer Penelope Hobhouse gave Margaret’s vision a new lease of life in the 1970s, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, whose experiments with colour delighted and inspired thousands of visitors in the mid-1980s.

The latest incarnation has been created by Italo-French architect Patrice Taravella, who believes a garden should be both beautiful and useful. Mixing ornamental and productive elements, the gardens are a feast for the eyes and stomach. At their core sits the Parabola, a walled garden concealing an apple tree maze; at their edges, diverse woodland providing a sheltered habitat for native wildlife.

Discover something new during your visit. Transport yourself back to Roman Britannia and walk in the footsteps of our ancestors in the reimagined Villa Ventorum. Steel yourself for an aerial walk through elegant boughs of noble ash, then get hands on with soil, scents, botany and design at The Story of Gardening.

Visit the world’s most famous gardens in virtual reality pods, admiring the abundant fruit trees of Babylonstoren or gazing into the lily ponds at Monet’s Giverny. Peek into the fascinating life of bees and their hives at the Beezantium. No visit is complete without perusing Somerset specialities and estate breads, meats, cheeses, preserves and cyders in the Farm Shop, or finding the perfect gift in the House & Garden Shop.


Borde Hill members can visit The Newt during June and November only as part of their membership, excluding any special events that are subject to an additional charge. Advance booking is not required.

You will need to show a valid Borde Hill membership card on arrival.

Location: Bruton, Somerset, BA7 7NG

Sculpture by the Lakes

A Haven of Tranquillity in the Dorest Countryside

Nestled in 26 acres of glorious countryside, Sculpture by the Lakes is a tranquil haven that enables visitors to take a breath and immerse themselves in an unforgettable experience. Discover a beautiful compilation of sculptures, mostly by co-owner and renowned contemporary sculptor Simon Gudgeon. Each piece is complimented by the carefully crafted landscape in which it resides – the work of Garden Director Monique Gudgeon’s horticultural hand.

Home to a plethora of wildlife, this breath-taking site was awarded Botanic Garden accreditation in 2023, the only sculpture park in the world to receive the accolade from Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It is a clear indication of the amount of love and craft poured into every inch which celebrates the seamless symmetry between art, nature and relaxation.

The BGCI aims to recognise gardens which conform to the highest international standards which make significant contributions to plant conservation, enabling Sculpture by the Lakes to join the likes of The Eden Project and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Lose time and unwind in the sculpture park and make your day feel really special at the Makers Yard. Here you can enjoy delicious homemade food in the Kitchen, with produce sourced on-site at the kitchen garden.

An on-site Gallery featuring UK and international artists, as well as Simon’s works, is open to creative people with a love for the outdoors. Within the Store you can find artisan gifts and luxury goods while the Pantry sells delectable produce – much of which is made by the Kitchen’s chefs and hand delivered – available to take home.


Sculpture by the Lakes is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Borde Hill Adult and Couple members can visit throughout February, March and April, and August, September and October as part of their membership, excluding any special events that are subject to an additional charge. Advance booking is recommended.

Sculpture by the Lakes do not allow entry to children under the age of 14, including babies. 

You will need to show a valid Borde Hill membership card on arrival.

Location: Dorchester, DT2 8QU

Chelsea Physic Garden

One of the Oldest Botanic Gardens in Europe

Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden, established in 1673, by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London. They studied the medicinal properties of plants and the Garden remains a centre of plant science today.

The Garden is four acres in size and home to over 4,500 different plants. Visitors can discover plants from around the world and explore the Victorian glasshouses which have recently undergone a careful restoration, made possible with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Physic Garden Café serves up hot drinks and snacks and sit down dining at lunchtime – the perfect pit-stop after enjoying the Garden.


Chelsea Physic Garden is closed on Saturdays.

Borde Hill members enjoy free entry to Chelsea Physic Garden as part of their membership, excluding any special events that are subject to an additional charge. Advance booking is not required.

You will need to show a valid Borde Hill membership card on arrival.

Location: Chelsea, London SW3 4HS. The nearest tube station is Sloane Square (District and Circle lines).

The Growers Project. Image: Julie Skelton


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