Caroline Wedgwood's Rhododendron vision
Caroline Wedgwood created the stunning Rhododendron Wood, transforming two areas of field and shaw into formally planted park and garden.
When Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline moved to Leith Hill Place in 1847 it was fashionable to collect exotic specimen plants from all over the world. As the sister of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, Caroline had also inherited a love of botany and flowering plants. So it was only natural that she would want to create a beautiful garden for her new Surrey home.
Rhododendrons and azaleas belong to the heather family, one of the largest flower families on earth, the majority of which are found in China and Japan. Caroline amassed a wonderful collection of these magnificent plants.
Today the Rhododendron Wood is a relaxing haven where you can wander through woodland walks edged with spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas. In May and June the wood is ablaze with colour.
Why not enjoy a floral detour on your way to visit the house?