Borde Hill Garden’s marvellous magnolias are already making a dramatic appearance. The warm weather of the last few days has encourage early flowering. Enjoy their beauty with a stroll through the award-winning Garden.
Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, explains: “We are enjoying a really good display this spring. Magnolia campbellii in the Azaea Ring is a sight to behold”.
Andy will be giving guided tours to pre-booked groups, between 24 March and 18 April, highlighting the history and importance of the numerous Magnolias growing at Borde Hill. Most of them are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden's founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke.
The magnolia is one of the oldest and most primitive of all flowering plants. The flower, which has decorated Chinese porcelain and featured in paintings and tapestries throughout the centuries, is regarded as a symbol of purity. While most magnolias flower in the spring before the leaves appear, Borde Hill’s collection of many species extend the flowering period into the summer months.
Many of the magnolias at Borde Hill have become ‘Champion’ trees in the British Isles. Borde Hill has a total of 83 'champion' trees. The magnolia collection at Borde Hill includes:
Magnolia campbellii – Azalea Ring – champion girth
Magnolia veitchii – Azalea Ring
Magnolia x soulangeana’ Brozzonii’ – Azalea Ring
Magnolia obovata – Garden of Allah – champion girth
Magnolia fraseri – Garden of Allah – champion girth
Magnolia macrophylla – Garden of Allah
Magnolia dawsoniana – Old Rhododendron Garden
Magnolia sargentiana robusta – Old Rhododendron Garden
Magnolia sprengeri diva – Old Rhododendron Garden
Magnolia rostrata – West Garden
Magnolia grandiflora Goliath – Mansion House
Magnolia delaveyi- Old Playground – champion girth
Magnolia liliflora ‘Susan’ – Old Rhododendron Garden
Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Black Tulip’ – Garden of Allah
Magnolia acuminata – West Garden
Magnolia tripetala – Garden of Allah
Magnolia x soulangeana – Garden of Allah
Magnolia stellata - Italian Garden
Magnolia campbellii ‘Borde Hill’ – Warren Wood
Magnolia kobus – Old Rhododendron Garden
Described as 'One of the country's truly great gardens' by Country Life magazine, Borde Hill is more than just a beautiful and historic garden. It not only boasts outstanding views across 200 acres of Grade II* listed parkland and woodland, but also a nationally important collection of fine trees and shrubs, including magnolia, camellia and rhododendron. Borde Hill has the largest number of ‘champion' trees to be found in a private collection in the British Isles.
Published 7th April 2014
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