What to see in October and November
The Hubbards and Loders of Leonardslee
So what can visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens expect to find in the Autumn during October and November?
This year is the first that visitors can experience the gardens in this season - as they have not been open to the public before during the Autumn months since closure ten years ago.
The Australian Garden Update
These are exciting times at Leonardslee. Since 2010, when the property was sold, the 240 acre Grade I gardens have been closed to the public, much to local regret, but now, in a hugely welcome move, as from 30 March this year the public can visit again, thanks to the initiative of latest owner Penny Streeter OBE. And not only that, but Leonardslee now boasts a quality restaurant and, thanks to Penny's South African expertise, a Pinotage vineyard.
What to see in September
An Australia Garden has now been planted at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens. At the end of May 2019, almost 200 plants from the colder parts of south-eastern Australia were planted in The Dell.
Country Ways Combat the Bracken
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens offer the visitor a chance to enter a magical world away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. As you turn off the busy 'A' road, park your car and pass through the entrance. Wander for hours discovering the secrets of the gardens that offer a unique collection of trees and shrubs, but also are home to many wildflowers.
What to See In July & August at Leonardslee Gardens
Visitors might have spotted this pair in the woodlands. They are not there just as an attraction: they are working horses carrying much-needed work to help us further restore this incredible estate.
The Tiddly Proms at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
The amazing Emperor Dragonflies and the colourful Damselflies: this is what many visitors to the gardens are talking about now, and the giant Carp basking in the Lakes, relaxing in the fine weather.
It is such a pleasure to sit and enjoy the beauty of the gardens, with wildflowers in their summer finery, the tall, majestic trees, and birdsong, creating a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere.
Leonardslee featured on BBC Gardeners World
The Tiddly Proms, an exciting new evening festival of exceptional Jazz, Big Band and Classical Music comes to Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens on 13 and 14 September 2019.
Summer Live Concert Series
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens near Horsham, Sussex, was featured on BBC TV Gardeners’ World on Friday, May 31st, following the spring 2019 opening of the 240-acre estate - after one of the most significant garden restoration projects in the UK in nearly 30 years.
What to see in June
Summer Concert Series
Presented by Leonardslee in association with Horsham Festival.
Enjoy an evening of classical music performed in the splendor of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens.
What to see in May
At last, summer has begun, and there is so much you can see at Leonardslee in these wonderful months of June, July, and August.
It is warming up, so it is an excellent time for a picnic in the valley with enchanting views across the lakes to enjoy. (There is plenty of fresh produce to choose from in the farm shop and Clocktower Café.)
A Personal View, by Head Gardener Ray Abraham
The Spring flowering at Leonardslee started in February and goes on through to mid-June.
The first flowers to appear are the Camellias, the towering Magnolias and some of the larger leaved Rhododendrons and Pieris bushes with their lily of the valley-like flowers, new red shoots. At ground level the large shows of daffodils are now over, whilst other spring bulbs carpet the woodland floor.
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: We’re Open!
When the position of head gardener at Leonardslee became available I knew I had to go for the job.
I first came here in 1977 with Sir Eric Saville and John Bond from Windsor Great Park and met the Loder family. A tour around the garden made a big impression on me as it seemed similar to the Valley Gardens at Windsor, which are very impressive too.
The wonderful woodland gardens of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens opened to the public on Saturday April 6th 2019. Just in time for the start of the school holidays.
We were delighted to see the very many visitors who came along on the first and the following days, despite the chilly weather and blustery conditions over that weekend.
Wedding Fair at Leonardslee House: March 17, 2019
Chef Jean Delport and his team at Restaurant Interlude have received some excellent reviews of the venue from the media.
The Leonardslee Gruffalo Travels the World
If you are planning your wedding this year, the Wedding Fair at Leonardslee House is a great place to go for ideas. The Italianate manor house is Listed Grade II and is a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations, with a range of additional services from which to choose for your special day.
Please book your free ticket here.
Leonardslee to Open April 6th 2019
Cape Town and the Caribbean are already two of the destinations that the Leonardslee Gruffalo has visited since January 10th. That was was when Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.
Gardens Opening Date Announced
At last. The finest woodland gardens in England’ at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens opens to the public on April 6th 2019. (Open to Annual Members from March 30th).
Leonardslee: A Work in Progress
The date for the opening of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is confirmed as
April 2019 (9am - 6pm) - then daily - see Ticket Information
Saturday, March 30th: Members Only - Opening 9am - 6pm
We will be delighted to welcome you to the estate from that date, with all sorts of entertainment and surprises over the weekend. We are looking forward to showing you what we have achieved in restoring the gardens, Dolls House Museum and Rock Garden and upgrading of all the facilities, including Leonardslee House.
The Gruffalo Launches at Leonardslee
So, what has our incredible team been up to recently? The teams of builders, electricians, gardeners, landscape specialists, greenhouse renovators and others?
Adam Streeter, General Manager, gives us an update.
Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens on January 10th 2019. The international project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Gruffalo children’s books and also Horsham District resident, and patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, Julia Donaldson CBE.