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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
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 woodlands 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 garden is exceptional in its variety, featuring as it does formal gardens around the house, wide lawns flowing out into the countryside, many plant species found nowhere else in Britain, and woods with one of the country’s largest privately owned collections of rare trees. Concluding with information on Borde Hill’s historic plants, its many RHS Awards of Merit and its 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. He has written several books, among them Real Gardening (2002), The RHS Companion to Scented Plants (2014) and Gardens of the National Trust (2016).

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This beautiful book takes you on an immersive tour ... it truly is a plantsman's paradise.

Period Living

This is a thorough exploration of what is one of the UK's most interesting gardens

The English Garden

Vanessa Berridge's new book is a treasure trove of horticultural and social history ... a beautiful record of the heritage garden today ... with glorious photography by John Glover.

Garden Design Journal

This is an important book; expertly written and full of details that will interest plantspeople and garden historians alike

RHS Magazine

This beautiful book - the first dedicated to Borde Hill - contains exclusive photography and a wealth of correspondence between family members, nurserymen, landowners and famed plant explorers as well as a tour of the garden, illustrated by the photography of John Glover

The House Directory

Thoroughly researched and exquisitely illustrated, this impressive book combines a history and tour of one of the finest gardens in Sussex

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