The Borde Hill Estate in West Sussex, UK is celebrating 130 years of planting excellence this year.
The estate, which has a nationally important collection of exotic plants and champion trees, was first created by visionary plantsman and owner Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke in 1893. To celebrate the anniversary, the Grade II listed Mansion House will open for tours from 12-18 June, giving visitors access to the significant horticultural archive and a chance to view the rare and unusual plants at Borde Hill. The tour will be led by the Head of Horticulture, who will guide groups through the Garden to discover trees and shrubs that represent the past, present, and future of horticultural planting excellence at Borde Hill. To honour Colonel Clarke's contribution to the planting world, a ribbon of 130 rare and unusual trees and shrubs, which signify "growing for the past and planting for the future", will be celebrated throughout the formal Garden and Woodland for visitors to enjoy.
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP
Tel: 01444 450326, www.bordehill.co.uk.
General Admission: Adults: £11.50, Concession: £11, Child (aged 3-16): £8, Group (15+): £8.95 pre-paid. 130 Years of Planting Excellence: Groups from £26pp (for up to 24 people), House/Archive & Garden Tour £16.00 payers*, £12.80 Members. *Normal admission also applies