Wakehurst Place gardens, in the beautiful High Weald of Sussex, is an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. A mild, friendly climate, a high rainfall and moisture-retentive soils, allows many important groups of plants, unable to be grown successfully at Kew, to flourish here. In the woodlands, there are trees from the temperate zones of the world. The planting styles range from formal walled gardens by the Mansion, through expansive specimen beds, to waterside and bog gardens. The estate is home to no fewer than four National Collections - hypericums, skimmias, birches and southern beeches.