2020 will see Borde Hill Garden celebrate its 55th anniversary of opening to the public as a Charity. To celebrate, visitors will be able to gain early access to the Garden, from the 14th March, in order to enjoy the outstanding collection of magnolias and camellias.
Visitors can also book a Magnolia Tour, taking place on the 25th of March or 3rd April to learn about the collection of 80+ large established magnolia and over 100 recent additions planted in the last few years. The collection includes Magnolia sprengeri var. ‘Diva’, the Goddess magnolia, which came from a seed collection made by EH Wilson (Wilson 688). Trace the history of these wonderful trees and shrubs brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia “Donation” at Borde Hill in the 1930s and received the Award of Merit in 1941. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.
Other magnolias on discover include Magnolia campbellii, M campbellii var molicomata, M dawdsoniana and Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta, introduced into cultivation in the UK by plant hunter E H Wilson in 1908, a seedling from the Caerhays plant of which still flourishes at Borde Hill today.
What’s more, the Magnolia ‘Gardiner Grove’ will come into bloom in 2020. This meadow was planted two years ago with 48 specimen magnolia trees chosen by RHS Vice President Jim Gardiner for their scientific and educational interest. ‘Gardiner Grove’ demonstrates the diversity of this amazing plant as well as the influence of Magnolia sprengeri on modern magnolia hybrids. Jim is a magnolia specialist and former president of Magnolia Society International. The plants, collections of hybrids of Magnolia acuminata (from America) and Magnolia sprengeri (from China) have been propagated and generously donated by John Ravenscroft of Cherry Tree Park on the Shropshire/Cheshire border near Woore.
Magnolia Guided Walks 25th of March or 3rd April;
Price £12 per person to include entry to the Garden
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