Borde Hill Garden’s marvellous magnolias are set to make a dramatic appearance in early spring. Enjoy their beauty with a stroll through the award-winning Garden followed by a light lunch at Café Elvira for the perfect day out.
Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, explains: “There are a huge amount of buds on the magnolias as well as many in bloom already and we are looking forward to a great display this spring. The Magnolia sprengeri diva in the Old Rhododendron Garden is one of the first and most impressive in the collection to bloom”.
Between 28th March and 15th April, a free magnolia map is available at all times for self guided walks highlighting the history and importance of the numerous magnolias growing at Borde Hill. Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s, which were planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke, and continue to flower with dramatic beauty each year. You may also pre-book a tour from 24th March.
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 in the Garden are listed as ‘Champion’ trees of the British Isles and Borde Hill currently has a total of 83 ‘Champion’ trees.
This Easter holiday (28th March – 12th April) families will be able to take part in a special Easter trail throughout Borde Hill Garden. Complete the puzzle and pick-up your prize – a delicious chocolate treat – by hunting out clues around the Garden. There will also be giant garden games on the lawn for visitors young and old to enjoy. Borde Hill offers a memorable day out for families of all generations. Children can explore the adventure playground’s swings, zip wire and climbing frame, and families can enjoy a picnic alongside the scenic lakes.