Nerine Exhibition

Exbury’s stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis or ‘Jewel Lilies’ will be on public show at Exbury Gardens from 1st October – 6th November. Lionel de Rothschild first developed and hybridised the tender greenhouse-loving Nerines at Exbury in the 1920s and ’30s, and now his grandson, Nicholas de Rothschild, Lionel’s grandson, is continuing his wonderful work.

Originally found on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town in South Africa, the jewel lilies flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, scarlets, copper and bronzes where they scintillate in the sunshine with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle. Nicholas has since produced well over 100 new hybrids and collectors and visitors to Exbury may buy Nerines that have never been seen before.

The collection will be displayed in the Five Arrows Gallery, where their extraordinary beauty will be shown off to best advantage. A wide range of Nerines will be available to purchase, with growing instructions included.

Admission to the exhibition is included with entrance to the Gardens, which will be looking spectacular with brilliant autumnal colour. The exhibition is open from 1st October – 6th November 10am – 5.00pm

‘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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