Plant Heritage host successful event at Borde Hill Gardens

The sun shone on our first national Plant Heritage event this year, held at Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath in Sussex, described as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’ by Country Life magazine. Huge thanks to the generous Eleni Stephenson-Clarke of Borde Hill Gardens, our hostess, to our Sussex Group committee, and for the support from NFU Mutual and Griffin Glasshouses. It was simply lovely to see our members and their guests from across the country meeting up again, and to meet new members as well.

Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, led the garden tour showing some of the hidden areas of this beautiful and historic garden.  At Borde Hill it’s worth taking the time to explore all the paths, and secluded corners to find unusual gems, and different vistas.  Indeed looking into the distance it is just possible to see the Ouse Valley viaduct.

Guests also had the opportunity of a fascinating house tour before a delicious lunch.  Roy Lancaster spoke passionately about plant hunting,  how this has always been important to him, illustrating his talk with selected unusual plants.

To end the day there was a formal planting ceremony of an Acer sinense donated by the International Dendrology Society. The ground prepared by Andy, the Head Gardener,  the planting completed by Jim Gardiner, overseen by Roy Lancaster and John Stevenson-Clarke.

Our thanks go to all those Collection holders and specialist nurseries who very kindly donated such interesting plants for our auction, and to all donations from the Sussex area.  See pictures below, as well as Sarah Quarterman helping to set up the auction. We hope the winners are enjoying their new plants.

Below are a couple of trees spotted at Borde Hill: Magnolia obovata (left) and Liriodendron chinensis Chinese Tulip Tree (right).


Our next national event is at Dutton Hall, near Ribchester, Lancashire on Wednesday 17 June; followed by our autumn event at Bodenham Arboretum, Kidderminster, Worcestershire on Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Please ring 01483 447540 for tickets.

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