This was a slightly more special visit than our usual Sunday wanderings as Borde Hill Garden jumped straight to the top of my ‘to visit’ list when I figured out that it was one of the places my grandparents took my brother, cousin and I in the school holidays. I’ve always had this memory of a great day out – sunshine, playing hid and seek, wide open fields, getting stung by a nettle (!) but couldn’t figure out where it was until Borde Hill came up in conversation and that was it – I had to go back!
The garden has all the usual features; rose garden, Italian garden, Victorian greenhouses, Mediterranean garden... all covering 17 acres. The highlights for me were the rose garden (always) and Victorian greenhouses, some of which were beautifully dilapidated and overgrown. Sadly, it was just too humid (one of those really warm days a couple of weeks ago) for us to face a long walk around the adjoining parkland, so instead we made it down to the lake and back before going for a final look in the gardens and playing ‘guess the price’ on their sculpture trail, my favourite was easily the owl pictured below, although he was predictably out of my price range.