In late Victorian and Edwardian times it was fashionable for gentleman collectors of plants to scour Asia looking for new species to catalogue and bring back home to Blighty. The Clarke family were devoted patrons of these intrepid botanists and the Borde Hill collection grew in the first thirty years of the twentieth century into something quite special.
As a consequence Borde Hill is full of unusual and magnificent Japanese and Chinese trees. Many of them are now of course fully mature.
In 1965 Borde Hill became a charity and its gates were flung open to welcome the public.
What to look for at Borde Hill
The acid soil means that rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias do very well here.
Other attractions at Borde Hill
Borde Hill estate is also known for horse trials and proms and regularly hosts events like sculpture exhibitions, car shows, concerts and childrens days.
Further details from the Borde Hill website
- Denmans Gardens
- Highdown Gardens
- Leonardslee Gardens
- Nymans Gardens
- Petworth House Gardens
- Standen House and Gardens
- West Dean Gardens
- Gardens open to the public