Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex has unveiled a summer and autumn programme of events, including exclusive deals for garden-loving groups. 

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The rose garden in full bloom at Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex.

Said to be one of Britain’s great heritage gardens, Borde Hill Garden has announced a programme of group-friendly events this summer and autumn, from food festivals to art exhibitions and live music. 

New for 2022, the garden has teamed up with Sussex Prairie Garden to offer groups the chance to visit both attractions in one day. In addition, groups can continue to benefit from the joint ticket offer with The Bluebell Railway, named one of the best steam railways in Britain.

Summer highlights

  • Rose Celebration Weeks: enjoy the beauty of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden in full bloom between 13th and 25th June. The garden ‘room’ is said to be a feast for the senses with 750 David Austin roses and 100 different varieties on show. 
  • Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show: browse a variety of arts and crafts on the weekend of 25th and 26th June.
  • Sussex Gin Fest: returning for its third year on 9th July and billed as the UK’s largest gin festival, this will celebrate the craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers.
  • Live music: enjoy live music in the garden on selected Sundays throughout July and August.
  • Opera Brava: this summer sees the return of outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, which will present Carmen on the 22nd July and The Barber of Seville on 23rd July.
  • Specialist Plant Fairs: featuring unusual plants from well-known nurseries in the south-east, these will take place on 8th May and 11th September.
  • The Great British Food Festival: showcasing local food and drink, as well as live entertainment and demonstrations, the festival will be held in the Parkland on 17th and 18th September.
  • Summer Art Exhibition: inspired by nature, this display will take place throughout the garden from 1st August to 30th September.

Borde Hill Garden

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The stunning colours of Paradise Walk at Borde Hill Garden.

Additional group benefits

Throughout the summer and autumn seasons, Borde Hill Garden offers groups bespoke catering and a decorated marquee that can be pre-booked for exclusive use during a visit.

As well as experiencing the garden and events, visitors can finish off the day at the on-site gift shop which offers a selection of locally sourced products, a plant sales area, café and the Green Tree Gallery.

Are you planning a day out to a garden this year? We would love to hear all about it and where you’re planning to go – do let us know in the comments below.

About Borde Hill

Borde Hill Garden was originally the vision of Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke who from 1893 dedicated 50 years to creating a collection of rare trees and flowering shrubs from around the world.

Today the gardens feature formal garden ‘rooms’ around the Elizabethan house, with wide lawns flowing out into the countryside and woods, offering the chance for visitors to see plant species found nowhere else in Britain.

Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex is open to visitors until 13th November 2022 with group offers valid for ten or more people. To book a group visit, email, call 01444 450326 or visit