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Leonardslee - Going, Going...

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By AndrewR

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A few weeks ago, it was reported that the garden of Leonardslee in Sussex had been sold. Someone on GOY wrote a blog on this earlier this year but I can’t find it – sorry I can’t give the author credit for it. This garden has been in the Loder family for over 120 years but will close at the end of June; it is unclear if it will open again. As I had never visited until now, I had a day out to see it while it was still open.

The Loder family bred rhododendrons (there is a large rhodo nursery next door to the gardens) and it is primarily a rhodo garden so May was a good time to visit. I hope you enjoy the photos from my visit.

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I wrote that blog Andrew when my account was Megan 75 ! It is so sad that the present generation have no interest in horticulture hence the sale to a millionaire ! What will happen to the Wallabies in the gardens, perhaps they have already been re-homed ? 3 generations of my family have been visiting these gardens over the years and I shall miss it very much. Lovely photos of such lovely gardens. So glad you went.

30 May, 2010

 

absolutly breath taking scenery andrew, stunning infact, bet you enjoyed your walk around there, lovely pics to, will it still be kept as gardens when taken over, hope its not going to be distroyed,

30 May, 2010

 

what a wonderful garden,hope its kept that way

30 May, 2010

 

such lovely colour great photos Thank you

30 May, 2010

 

Stunning photos what a lovely walk you had looking at it all.

30 May, 2010

 

Shirley - thank you for alerting me to their closure - it allowed me to go there before it was too late. The wallabies are still there at present.

Sanbaz - there is no news on the gardens yet. But I think whoever has bought the estate might want to rebuild the house as it's quite small for the size of grounds. We wondered if it was an Arab who bought it (it is known to be an overseas buyer). Perhaps it's a holiday home for Royal Ascot week!

30 May, 2010

 

well i hope they keep these lovely gardens andrew whoever it is, oh to have all that money,, keep doing the lotto lol

30 May, 2010

 

I've just found the newspaper item on this which says the 225 acre estate was sold to an unnamed Eastern European businessman for close to £5m, he intends to shut the gardens to the public. There is a home attached to the gardens, it's not the original manor house, which has been turned into offices. : o ( ( ( ( ( (

30 May, 2010

 

Yea, I saw that on TV the other day, I have been there, I love the gardens. What a shame..... It will be sadly missed. Hope the knew owner will open it again and do not change anything, but nurture the gardens....

30 May, 2010

 

Thank you very much Andrew, for have shared these lovely photos!

30 May, 2010

 

Beautiful scenery, what a pity its closing, a joy to the eye and heart.

4 Jun, 2010

 

What a beautiful garden !! How can anyone not want to keep it going ? It saddens my heart to think what will become of it all :(

9 Jul, 2010

 

April - I think it's a matter of time and cost which has forced the owner to sell. I think the new owner intends to keep the garden going (he is employing the same gardeners) but will not open it to the public. Perhpas the Yellow Book County Organiser for Sussex could contact him to open just one day a year?

10 Jul, 2010

 

Thats a relief Andrew, open days are enjoyed by thousands of keen gardeners, what a shame if he doesnt want to share such a wonderful garden, how I envy him ... oh well .... shall have to be happy with my postage stamp garden here lol

10 Jul, 2010

 

I visited these lovely gardens back in May.We couldn't believe they were going to be sold.

Did you visit the exquisite dolls houses, more like a tiny model village I have never seen anything quite like it. My friends and I were astounded how small and perfectly modelled. I wonder what the new owner will do with it?

13 Jul, 2010

 

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13 Jul, 2010

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