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What to see at Exbury - 26th April

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 26th April: Home Wood and The Glades, azaleas, rhododendrons and acers

1. Home Wood and The Glades

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

Our top pick to visit this week is Home Wood, specifically The Glades that sweep from Daffodil Meadow through to Exbury House. This area gives fantastic and unique outlooks of the south side of Exbury House and is a haven for magnificent Cedars of Lebanon, lofty rhododendrons and bright and bountiful azaleas. 

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

This area is so dramatic in its outlook, we could have spent all day here taking photographs. Here are a couple more that demonstrate the beauty and drama of this area of Exbury Gardens:

The Glades, Cedars of Lebanon | Arboretum | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire The Glades rhododendron viewpoint | Rhododendron and azalea garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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2. Bright and brilliant azaleas

Our world-famous azalea collection is beginning to bloom and is currently creating stunning walls of colour lining some of the paths. 

Pink azalea | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

The shrubs pictured above are located on the principal path just north of Top Pond, but many can be found blooming at the moment in many areas of Exbury Gardens.

Fuchsia pink azalea | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire White azalea | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Light pink azalea | Azalea Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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3. World-famous rhododendron collection

Pink rhododendron and magnolias | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Not only is Exbury world-famous for its azaleas, but even more so for its rhododendron collection, which includes many rare hybrids created right here at Exbury. Some of our rhododendron specimens are around 100 years old and hark back to great plant hunting expeditions funded by Exbury's founder Lionel de Rotshchild. Rhododedrons are beginning to flower in almost all areas of the gardens at the moment.

The specimens photographed above were found close to the Cedars of Lebanon by The Glades and are surrounded by beautiful magnolias, those below are on the principal path by Mrs Lionel's Seat.

White and red rhododendrons | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Below we have Rhododendron 'Unique' with its almost-iridescent petals, located between the Wiggly Tree and Mrs Lionel's Seat; a large pink rhododendron, located on The Glades; Rhododendron 'Sappho', which arches over a small grass path between The Glades and the principal path by Top Pond.

Rhododendron \'Unique\' | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Light pink Rhododendron | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Rhododendron \'Sappho\' | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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4. Vibrant acers

Acer | Arboretum | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Exbury has an extensive Acer collection and these are really starting to show their spring vibrance at the moment. In particular, the acer pictured above, which is located at the entrance to Top Pond, is a favourite with our visitors at the moment as a backdrop to take their photographs.

Below we have four other specimens that are looking particularly lovely at the moment, but you will see acers like these throughout the gardens as they are a core backdrop to the rhododendron and azalaea collection.

Acer in spring | Arboretum | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Acer by Visitor Entrance | Arboretum | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Acer palmatum | Arboretum | Acer Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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