Borde Hill Plant Histories


Louise was commissioned by Borde Hill Garden to create work in response to their archive of letters between the garden owner and plant hunters who gathered new species for the garden in the early 20th century.  

The Borde Hill Plant Histories are hand-drawn booklets telling the story of individual rare trees in the garden with reference to original archival documentation of where and by whom they were originally collected.

Borde Hill is one of the most significant private gardens in the UK with a collection of many rare and endangered tree species from China, Tibet and Burma.  The garden was created by Colonel Stephenson Clarke between 1900 and 1930, who sponsored many plant hunting expeditions to Asia and the Antipodes.  Borde Hill Garden has one of the most comprehensive tree collections in the world and is an English Heritage Grade II listed garden.