Thursday, 6 June 2019

Roses looking better than ever & two weeks early too!

Our roses are looking better than ever this year and two weeks early too!

You won’t need to be told to look out for them, because they’re everywhere and looking nothing short of glorious this month. You’d be mad to miss out on seeing them at their best!

The Rose Garden is a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance.

And aside from the vibrant sea of colour they provide across the Garden, we also still have alliums in flower, planted hither and thither across the grounds, peeking at you around every corner.

From 17-28 June, Borde Hill is delighted to be holding ‘Rose Celebration Weeks’ when groups can have special guided tours of the Rose Garden and rare access to the Elizabethan House decorated with rose arrangements.

The Rose Garden, designed by Robin Williams and planted in 1996, contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also contains the most popular roses sold in the last 12 months in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell.

Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says “Jay Robin’s Rose Garden is undoubtedly the main highlight of the summer displays, with the sight and fragrance of over 750 David Austin roses being something to behold.”

On the 20th of June from 10.30am to 2pm, we are privileged to have a Talk and Tour with Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses. Join one of the country’s leading rose experts for a fascinating talk offering advice on choosing and caring for the best varieties. Tickets for this are available to buy online now.

Other interesting parts of the Garden is the Italian Garden offering a further seasonal surprise, in as much as the alliums are well and truly in bloom surrounding the charming water feature there – a stunning sight to behold, you can’t fail to be impressed by them. 

The towering kinetic wind art and mythological figures continue to transform the historic garden into a stunning outdoor gallery, for a special 20th anniversary exhibition. At once modern and classical, there’s something to suit every taste – and many of them are even interactive and tactile. Perfect for keeping younger visitors enthralled as you take in the vast display of plants on display at this time of year. 

Plants out this month
Alliums, Styrax, Philadelphus, Catalpa, Delphiniums
The final hurrah of the Magnolias and Rhododendrons

Looking ahead
11 July Designing a Romantic Rose Border Workshop with Juliet Sargeant
13 July Sussex Gin & Food Fest
14 & 28 July, 11 & 25 Aug, 1 Sept Musical Picnics – Live music in the Garden
19-22 July Magical Music Festival 2019
26 July Open Air Opera: La Traviata
27 July – 15 September Kids Summer Fun: The Enchanted Garden – Trail & Activities
27 July Open Air Opera: The Barber of Seville