Sir Alexander D Kleinwort, Bart., began the family estate of Heaselands in 1898.
Originally consisting of a farmhouse with a small area of garden, the rest of
the land was meadow, with oak and pine woodland stretching beyond.
In the early 1930's, Sir Alexander's son, Ernest Kleinwort and his wife Joan set
about designing a 40 acre woodland garden, including various water features and
a rhododendron woodland.
Under the direction of Ernest Kleinwort's grandson, Sir Richard Kleinwort, Bt.,
DL, the extensive private collections of deciduous azaleas were planted in the
1980's. Today Heaselands hosts two National Collections; Exbury/Knaphill and
In 1998, a small nursery was established to propagate hardy hybrid rhododendrons
raised through cuttings from the gardens at Heaselands. Growing plants in this
way eliminates the production of rootstock suckers and disease problems
associated with the common rhododendron (Ponticum).
Over the years, Heaselands has won a number of RHS Show awards; including the
prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), awarded only to plants of