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Leonardslee Gardens

A great woodland garden, inspired by the planting ideas of Sir Uvedale Price, Richard Payne Knight and JC Loudon. Exotic plants are used a 'picturesque' manner, derived from landscape painting. Sir Edmund Loder bought the estate in 1889 and imported the herd of Wallabies which still lives here. The Leonardslee Gardens lie in a sheltered valley with a string of ponds, made a century earlier to provide waterpower for the iron industry. Being damp and slightly acid, the soil is well-suited to rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias. Loder gave his name to the famous hybrid Rhododendron 'Loderi'. Like him, one can walk through the garden imagining onself to be in a misty Himalayan valley, for travel and adventure.

Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, England, RH13 6PP

No longer open to the public (after 2010)

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  • about 4 years by erica 5 / 5

    I wonder what did they do with the dollshouses at Leonardslee gardens now it is closed for the public.
  • over 5 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    The Gardens are now closed to the public
  • about 6 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    Absolutely stunning in May when the azaleas are in bloom! This is when the garden is at its best.
  • over 6 years by Steve Lawrence 5 / 5

    Who cannot fail to be impressed by Leonardslee. As West Dean, a garden you can visit all year round. I love the dolls house museum, the lakes and the wallabies. A lovely location especially in May - Rhodo time!

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Leonardslee Gardens & Lakes, Autumn Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Engine Pond, Leonardslee Gardens Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Leonardslee Gardens and Lakes, West Sussex Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Leonardslee Gardens, Spring Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Leonardslee Gardens, 2010 Photograph © Charlotte Weychan