Lachenalia Exhibition

20 March – 5 April 

The UK’s pre-eminent collection of Lachenalias (the ‘leopard lily’) will be on display in the Five Arrows Gallery for visitors to enjoy when the gardens open. Lachenalias represent one of the fastest-growing collector plants in the country. The Genus is full of interest, with 133 (and counting!) species offering a variety of colour during the dull winter months. Their size makes them the ideal plant for a kitchen pot, windowsill or conservatory, and they have an exceptionally long flowering season. Exbury’s first Lachenalias will traditionally flower in October, and the last as late as May.

The Exbury Lachenalia Collection is ever-expanding, with visits to South Africa and collection of seed showing positive results some five years after planting. Donations from private enthusiasts are also a regular occurrence.  All the Lachenalias displayed at the exhibition are fully labelled, with visitors able to order bulbs if they would like to.  These are sent during the dormant summer months; July is generally recognised as the best month for planting.

For more information about the exhibition, please email

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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