The Garden Guide

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. The gardens closed to the public in 2010 and are set to re-open in 2019.

Head Gardener's Comment

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England’.

First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre estate feature an outstanding scenery throughout the year and particularly majestic as it blooms in spring or takes on the glorious colours of autumn.

In 2019, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens opened its doors after a closure of 10 years, this magnificent Grade I listed garden was nearly lost forever and has been the subject of the largest garden restoration in England and possibly Europe.

These spectacular and ancient gardens are now open for the public to enjoy once again. Many people in the local area have fond memories of their visits and life around these gardens, and we aim to protect this magnificent heritage so that future generations get to enjoy these beautiful green spaces and flora and fauna within.

Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Photograph © Charlotte Weychan

Plants of note

The gardens are famed for outstanding displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias, Bluebells and the beautiful ornamental rock.

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

- daily
Off Peak (29 October - 30 March)
9am – 4pm | Last entry 3:30pm
Peak (23 March - 28 October)
9am – 5pm | Last entry 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day - 25th December

Adult Day Ticket (over the age of 16) £14.50
Child Day Ticket (aged between 5 - 16) £8
Family Day Ticket (2 Adults & up to 3 Children aged 5- 16) £43

*Book ahead and save both time and money with our new advanced booking discounts!

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