What to See In July at Leonardslee 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. 

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Leonardslee featured on BBC Gardeners World

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.

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What to see in June

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.)

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What to see in May

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.

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A Personal View, by Head Gardener Ray Abraham

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.

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Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: We’re Open!

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.

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Wedding Fair at Leonardslee House: March 17, 2019

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.

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Gardens Opening Date Announced

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.

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Leonardslee: A Work in Progress

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.

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The Gruffalo Launches at Leonardslee

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.

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Review: Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House

It started with a scotch egg. But this was no ordinary creation, it was a pinnacle of savoury deliciousness, made with pulled pork and an egg with a yolk of the most golden splendour from Leonardslee House’s free range coup. Each day Chef Jean Delport collects eggs from the Sussex Red hens and eight other breeds to create succulent dishes and sauces.

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Leonardslee Crime FestivaL: March 2nd and 3rd March, 2019

To celebrate the best of crime writing in the South East of England, the Book Lovers' Supper Club has announced the first Leonardslee Crime Festival.

On 2nd and 3rd March 2019 many of the UK's best-known crime writers will visit Leonardslee to entertain, chill and thrill audiences in a series of specially-crafted events.

Tickets start from £35 and are available on the Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens website.

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Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: Update

Described as the biggest restoration project since Heligan, the Leonardslee restoration is led by head gardener Ray Abraham and a team of up to 30 gardeners to clear dead wood, brambles and bracken and restore several miles of pathways to reveal rare Rhododendrons and trees. Many were planted as early as 1801 and require identification.

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Gift Vouchers: It must be Christmas

We have four types of Vouchers. There are great money-off offers on gifts and refreshments, as well as tickets for one or two people or a family group. They are a popular gift for Birthdays - and of course at Christmas.

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