PLACES TO VISIT
THIS FALL / AUTUMN :
LAKES & GARDENS
IN A SPLENDID SHOW OF AUTUMN COLOURS:
VISIT THE FINEST WOODLAND GARDENS
IN ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Visit their OFFICIAL Website:
LEONARDSLEE LAKES & GARDENS
GARDEN ENTRANCE, TICKET SALES & RECEPTION
SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS: AUTUMN
From the Autumn/ Winter 2020 Leaflet:
Ablaze with pinks, yellows, reds and bronzes,
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
takes on a whole new guise during the autumn and winter months.
Hundreds of varieties of trees can be found throughout Leonardslee,
as their leaves turn into a myriad of autumnal colour
it creates incredible reflections across our seven lakes.
A visit to the oak and acer walk is a must,
explore the paths here and enjoy the beautiful colours
and breathtaking views across the bluebell wood and down to the lakes,
with the amelanchiers, swamp cypress and others reflected in shimmering water.
This is a magical time of year at Leonardslee.
Mist settles over the lakes and is pierced by sunlight
through the surrounding trees.
It creates mesmerising theatre as the light changes during the day.
Just above Middle Pond, see the hickory trees, nyssa too,
along with gingko trees dressed in their amazing autumnal finery.
Can you spot the 75 different varieties of acer trees in the gardens?
Their beautiful colours are highlighted amongst the green
if the renowned rhododendron collection.
AUTUMN / WINTER 2020 LEAFLET:
THE FAMOUS ROCK GARDEN
With its variety of conifers and folliage,
the famous Rock Garden, created in 1890,
turns into a sea of greens, blues and yellows in winter months.
The acers, in particular, become a most beautiful shade of bronze and yellow.
The lichens and moss create
fascinating shapes and colours on the Pulhamite rocks.
The stunning Italianate mansion house
is home to Restaurant Interlude & Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House.
WALLABIES, DEER & OTHER WILDLIFE
FROM THE LEAFLET:
A major attraction are the Wallabies,
originally from Tasmania and introduced to Leonardslee in the 1800s,
that still wander the estate.
They include rare albinos and continue to fulfill their role
as ‘eco-friendly lawnmowers’.
They join the native deer and other wildlife,
ranging from Emperor Dragonflies and
White Admiral butterflies to Woodpeckers and Nightingales.
FROM THE AUTUMN / WINTER 2020 LEAFLET:
Our colony of winter-hardy Bennett Wallabies
are descendants of the original herd brought here
by Sir Edmund Loder in 1889.
Take a walk through the deer park:
they are easier to spot as the undergrowth has died down now.
This is a particularly stunning spot when the frost descends,
the ice crystals sparkle in the sunlight creating the perfect spot for photographers.
Many migrating birds come to shelter and feed
on the berries at Leonardslee in the autumn and winter months.