Borde Hill's Rose Garden, with one of the finest displays of roses in the South-East, peaks in June. At the annual rose event visitors will get maps of the Garden for self guided tours highlighting the Rose Garden and other areas containing roses. There are tips and recommendations by Head Gardener, Andy Stephens, of the best varieties of roses to grow and their care. The shop is stocked with rose and lavender souvenirs for a memorable gift.
‘Roses in Bloom’ captures the Rose Garden in its full glory. The spectrum of colour, from soft pinks to deep crimson, intermingled with the heady fragrances of old English roses, marks a glorious celebration of the best-loved of all garden flowers.
Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, designed by RHS gold medallist Robin Williams and planted in 1996, is a lavish display of some 100 varieties of David Austin roses in a total of 600 bushes. Some hundred roses were added this year. The Rose Garden comprises a number of formal beds bordered by box and lavender hedges amid softly curving paths and walks. Reflecting the original style of the 1902 plantings are wooden trellis and obelisks decked with rose swags. Delphinium, peonies and phlox are also used to great visual effect, complimenting the star turn, the roses.
An exciting exhibition of 18 amazing sculptures entitled 'Unseen Forces' by David Watkinson can also be seen throughout the garden 'rooms' until 30th September including pieces in the Rose Garden.
Borde Hill Garden is situated 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and open from 23 March to 3 Nov, daily 10am to 6pm.
Published 31st May 2013
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