Splendid Leonardslee Gardens

Erica Smith and Fiona Horan at Leonardslee Gardens

Erica Smith and Fiona Horan at Leonardslee Gardens

Towards the end of May, GTO’s design team, Fiona Horan and Erica Smith, visited Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex. The gardens have been closed to the public for eight years and are due to re-open in January 2019 – in time for next year’s rhododendron season.

The new owner, Penny Streeter, purchased the semi-derelict house and garden less than a year ago and has worked with a team of 13 gardeners to restore the spectacular grounds to their former splendour.

The original owner, Sir Edmund Loder was a renowned plant collector and bred his own rhododendron hybrids. The gardens were the setting for the cult film Black Narcisssus.

Leonardslee House is currently available for private functions, and a restaurant and tea-rooms are soon to be open to the public – Fiona and Erica can attest that the food is superb.

A Pinotage vineyard, the first in the UK, has just been planted. With additional attractions including wallabies and a doll’s house museum, Leonardslee is an ideal destination for group visits.

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