Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP
Borde Hill Gardens are wonderful enough to have lured me back for three visits, twice to explore the sculpture exhibitions and once to see the lovely magnolias. The gardens surround a stunning Elizabethan Manor with glorious views over the Sussex Weald and the Ouse Valley, you can also spot the Ouse Valley Viaduct.
The gardens form a pattern of outdoor rooms including the Garden of Allah, the Azelea Ring, the more traditional Rose Garden and my favourite Italian Garden which would be one of my perfect places to sit on a sunny day and read a book.
The sculptures are carefully placed in surroundings that compliment them perfectly and over the past two years that I have seen the sculpture exhibition apart from the handful of “live in” sculptures which remain on the property the pieces were very different, hopefully this will continue so I can experience the joy for many years to come.
The gardens are colourful and beautiful with an impressive variety of plants and flowers, the original garden was created in the early 1900s with plants gathered by the great plant collectors from their travels to the Himalayas, China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes.
BG Tips ~ Worth visiting during events like the sculpture exhibition (usually May-Oct), magnolia or rose seasons, classic car meets or even the musical Sundays in the Summers months.
A few more favourite pics….