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Mon 20th March 2017
Borde Hill Garden opens early to view magnificent magnolias



This year spring has sprung early with the warm weather bringing many of the fabulous magnolias at Borde Hill, West Sussex, into flower a couple of weeks earlier than last year.

To share these magnificent displays with the public, they have decided to open the Garden sooner than originally planned, and will now open daily from Saturday 25th March.

There are also many fine rhododendrons, camellias and spring bulbs in flower throughout the Garden.
 
Many of the magnolias at Borde Hill are listed as ‘Champion’ trees, and the Garden currently has a total of 83 'Champion' trees – making it one of the largest collections to be found in a private garden in the British Isles. Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke. They continue to flower with dramatic beauty each year. Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says: ‘nothing beats the sight of a 70 foot tall Magnolia campbellii in full bloom’.
 
The magnolia is one of the oldest and most primitive of all flowering plants.&nbs 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.
 
A free magnolia map is available at all times for self-guided walks.
 
On Wednesday 5th April at 10.30am Borde Hill will welcome leading horticulturalist, author, RHS expert and plantsman, Jim Gardiner, to share his passion and expertise with a talk and tour, entitled ‘Magnolias, aristocrats for gardens of all sizes’.

 Drawing from his remarkable experience of working for the RHS and his passion for magnolias, Jim will advise on the best varieties to grow whilst giving tips on planting and caring for them.

Following the talk, enjoy a private tour of the Garden with Jim and Head Gardener, Andy Stevens