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Please note that Leonardslee is no longer open to the public and is now a private garden
Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias flourish in the gardens and provide a vibrant display in May each year which is legendary. A new vista of color presents itself at every turn. As a background to this colourful display is the woodland valley, populated with old oak, beech, birch, intermingled with larch and scots pine. Add to this the stream and lakes and you have the perfect setting.
In summer the gardens and lakes take on a more subdued and subtle beauty with wild flowers and fragrant flowering trees. There are wildfowl, large carp and also wallabies and deer. The Wallabies have lived semi-wild in the gardens for 100 years and help to keep the grass under control.
In addition to the beauty of the gardens there are other attractions including the collection of Victorian Motor Cars which are kept in perfect working order and take part in the annual London to Brighton run; an award winning Bonsai exhibition and the "Behind the Dolls House" exhibition depicting a country estate of some 100 years ago, at 1/12th scale. There is also the Clock Tower Restaurant, a gift shop shop and plant sales.
Leonardslee makes an excellent day out at anytime but is often described as the most beautiful woodland garden in Europe during the month of May. The charm of the garden is that it is informal but has evolved over 200 years into a beautiful landscape.