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UK £40.00
US $70.00
Hardback with jacket
208 pages
300 illustrations, 1 map
29 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4690-0
Published in the UK April 2022
Published in the US April 2022
Borde Hill Garden
A Plant Hunter's Paradise

Vanessa Berridge

Photography by John Glover

Foreword by Stephen Lacey

Borde Hill Garden is set in historic parkland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in West Sussex. The Elizabethan mansion was purchased in 1893 by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke (known as Stephie), who set about creating the garden and woodland using plants from several continents brought back to England by the great plant hunters of the early 1900s. Well over a century and three generations later, Borde Hill remains in the ownership of the Stephenson Clarke family, and today is renowned for its collection of rare shrubs and trees. This beautiful new book – the first dedicated to Borde Hill – is structured in two main parts. For the first, ‘The History’, Vanessa Berridge has had exclusive access to the Borde Hill archive, which contains not only family photographs but also a wealth of written sources, such as letters between Stephie and nurserymen, directors of botanical gardens, other landowners, and plant hunters. Giving unique insight into the horticultural world and social history of the interwar years, this fascinating correspondence reveals acts of courage by such famed plant explorers as Ernest Wilson and George Forrest and the professional level of accomplishment of Stephie and his gardening acquaintances. The second part of the book takes the reader on an extended tour of the garden, illustrated by the glorious photography of John Glover. The formal gardens around the house are laid out as a series of intimate outdoor ‘rooms’, including the Old Rhododendron Garden, the Rose Garden and the terraced Italian Garden. With its variety further encompassing many plant species not found elsewhere in Britain, wide lawns that flow out into the countryside, and extensive wooded areas with one of the country’s largest collections of privately owned rare trees, it is no wonder that Borde Hill lays claim to offering visitors the world in one garden. Concluding with information on Borde Hill’s historic plants, its many RHS Awards of Merit and its 70 champion trees, this authoritative, engaging book is a fitting celebration of one of Britain’s great heritage gardens.


The first book devoted to one of Britain’s most renowned and varied gardens, which has belonged to four generations of the same family
Relates the fascinating story of the creation of Borde Hill and its magnificent collection of trees and flowering shrubs from around the world
With specially commissioned photography of the garden year-round by John Glover

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Author Profiles

Vanessa Berridge is a garden historian whose books have included The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew (2015) and Great British Gardeners: From Early Plantsmen to Chelsea Medal Winners (2018). The launch editor of The English Garden magazine, she now writes widely on gardens for magazines and newspapers, and has contributed to several books on garden history, including The Gardens of England, published by Merrell in 2013. She won the 2019 Garden Book of the Year presented by The Garden Media Guild Awards for Kiftsgate Court Garden. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she opens her garden for the National Garden Scheme.

John Glover has been a garden and landscape photographer for more than 40 years. He has won numerous International Garden Photographer of the Year Awards.

Stephen Lacey is a garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman. He is a long-standing columnist and features writer for the Daily Telegraph, and contributes to many other publications, including House & Garden, The Garden and Horticulture magazines. His books include The Startling Jungle: Colour and Scent in the Romantic Garden (1986), Real Gardening (2002), The RHS Companion to Scented Plants (2014) and Gardens of the National Trust (rev. edn, 2016).

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