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What to see at Exbury - 1st June

Every week the staff here at Exbury will be compiling their must-sees in the gardens, focusing on different areas or seasonal plants. We hope that you will be able to use this as a snappy guide when visiting and that our favourite viewpoints, blooms and garden features might become your favourites too.

Focus 1st June: wisteria in the Sundial Garden, azaleas surrounding Lionel de Rothschild's memorial font and rhododendrons everywhere!

1. Wisteria wonderment in the Sundial Garden

Wisteria | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire
The wisterias here at Exbury are finally flowering and what a sight to behold this one in the Sundial Garden is! Sit beneath the pergola and look up towards the delicate purple flowers, or look out towards the notable sundial that is usually the centrepiece for this garden, but for now is just the backdrop to our stunning wisteria.

Wisteria underneath | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Wisteria from inside | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Wisteria columns | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Wisteria name tag | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

To see this and other wisterias here at Exbury Gardens in bloom, check out this brilliant video:

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2. Blooming lovely views in The Glades 

The Glades in June | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Some of our rhododendrons are having their final push for flowering in The Glades and are creating the most stunning views across to Exbury House and back again towards Home Wood. Some of the rhododendrons, like the small yellow ones below, are just emerging, so there's a real variety in those that are starting to lose their petals and those that are just coming out.

The Glades pink rhododendron | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire The Glades red & white | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire The Glades Exbury House | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire The Glades azaleas and rhododendrons | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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3. Lionel de Rothschild's memorial font

Within Home Wood you'll find this memorial font to Lionel de Rothschild, the founder of Exbury Gardens. The view here is absolutely stunning with azaleas creating a ring of colour around the outside. It's almost as if it were designed to do just this! 

Memorial font to Lionel de Rothschild at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest, Hampshire

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4. Spherical salmon azaleas in the Centenary Garden

Azalea Blaauws Pink in the Centenary Garden | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

The Centenary Garden is starting to fill out and morph into the stunning summer garden it becomes in July and August. At the far end, these stunning Azalea ‘Blaauw’s Pink’ are blooming. Their signature salmon pink, pruned into neat spheres, create a wonderful backdrop for photographs.

Azalea Blaauws Pink from afar in the Centenary Garden | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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5. Rhododendrons flowering all over the gardens

Pink Rhododendrons in Home Wood | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | Visit Hampshire
Rhododendrons are blooming all over the gardens, from the far north end by the Steam Railway and Rock Garden, and right down to View Point at the river's edge. Here's a selection of our favourites that are blooming right now in Home Wood, next week we will share our favourites from the northern part of the gardens.

Rhododendron sappho | Rhododendron Gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Peach yellow rhododendron at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest in Hampshire White rhododendron in Home Wood | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Pink beehive rhododendron | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Small delicate yellow rhododendron at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest in Hampshire

 

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‘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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