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What to see at Exbury - 5th 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 5th April: magnolias, camellias, daffodils, Heather Garden and early-flowering rhododendrons

1. Towering magnolias

There are many lofty magnolias dramatically blooming above the canopy of shrubs throughout the gardens. Our particular favourites this week are both by Gilbury Bridge (on either side). First is this magnificent Magnolia x veitchii located just south of Gilbury Bridge.

Magnolia soulangeana | Magnolia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Magnolia soulangeana | Magnolia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Magnolia x loebneri \'Leonard Messel\' | Magnolia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Second is this stunning Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' that is currently flowering on the northern side of Gilbury Bridge, just inside the eastern path that leads to the exit. This Magnolia is a hybrid of Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata 'Rosea', commonly known as the star Magnolia.

Magnolia x loebneri \'Leonard Messel\' | Magnolia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Magnolia x loebneri \'Leonard Messel\' | Magnolia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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2. Waterfalls of rhododendrons

Rhododendron red pink | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Rhododendron red | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire
Rhododendron season is almost upon us and we have some excellent species' flowering at the moment, creating these beautiful walls of colour! In the collection of images below, the yellow rhododendron with tiny flowers is actually called Rhododendron lutescens 'Exbury Gold' and is a hybrid created right here at Exbury Gardens.

Rhododendron Exbury Gold | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Rhododendron red pink | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Rhododendron Our Kate | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

All the photographs included here were taken in Home Wood and around Top Pond, so that area is definitely worth walking when you next visit.

3. Atmospheric Heather Garden

One of our lesser-known gardens, the Heather Garden is a small but stunning garden in the centre of Exbury, by the River of Gold. These tiny pink and white flowers on our spring-flowering heather combine to create excellent almost-solid colour that compliments the dark green of fir trees that surround them perfectly. A truly great places for an atmospheric walk in the shade - quite different from anywhere else in the gardens! 

Heather spring | Heather Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Heather spring | Heather Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Heather spring pink | Heather Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

 

4. Varying shapes and patterns of camellia flowers

All three of these beautiful camellias were found by the Stone Bridge and are still showing beautiful displays of flowers. It's always amazing to see such varyation in the shapes and patterns in each camellia flower! We believe them to be Camellia x williamsii 'Mary Phoebe Taylor', Camellia japonica 'Lady Campbell' and Camellia x williamsii 'Elegant Beauty'.

Camellia Japonica \'Lady Campbell\' | Camellia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Camellia Japonica x williamsii \'Elegant Beauty\' | Camellia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Camellia Japonica x williamsii \'Elegant Beauty\' 1 | Camellia Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

If you are interested to know more about camellias, our Head Gardener Tom has created this excellent YouTube about these floriferous and hardy plants:

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5. Final show for the daffodils

Daffodil | yellow daffodils and snowdrops | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

Daffodils are still showing their happy yellow heads all over the gardens, including Daffodil Meadow and the River of Gold. Here are just a few different types of daffodils that are still flowering around the gardens. How many different types can you find?

Daffodil | yellow daffodils | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Daffodil | yellow daffodils | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Daffodil | yellow daffodils | 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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