Borde Hill Garden

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Borde Hill Lane
Haywards Heath
RH16 1XP

1½ miles north of Haywards Heath.

200 acres

01444 450326

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Opening Hours

10am–5pm, daily, 10 Feb–3 Nov.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Jul & Sep.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Mr and Mrs Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke

Listed by English Heritage as being of Grade II* historic importance and set within 383 acres of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the High Weald, Borde Hill is of national botanical importance and features one of the largest collections of privately owned champion trees in the UK, with over 70 specimens. Five generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have committed the last 130 years to protecting and enhancing Borde Hill’s significant collection of plants, trees and shrubs for future generations of visitor to enjoy.      

Plants have been in Borde Hill’s DNA since 1598 when Stephen Borde, the grandson of Henry VIII’s private herbalist and physician Andrew Borde, rebuilt the picturesque Elizabethan Mansion House at the heart of the Estate. Centuries later, Colonel Stephenson R Clarke sponsored plant hunting trips around the world - across Japan, China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes – to create a nationally important plant collection and one of the only places in the UK that you can still see plants from all four corners of the world, including spectacular displays of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons.     

Surrounded by rolling parkland and ancient woodland, the garden is planted with passion as a series of 'outdoor garden rooms’, with highlights including the Azalea Ring, tranquil Italian Garden, stunning Rose Garden, the sub-tropical Round Dell and newly planted perennial summer borders by acclaimed garden designer Chris Beadshaw providing all-season colour.      

We invite you to come and experience ‘joyous balance’ and the beauty of nature, where there’s something for everyone, from woodland walks and horticultural talks to food and drink events, live music, wellbeing workshops and activities for families of all ages.   

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Waterlilies

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.