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Exbury Gardens Director Marcus Agius Awarded CBE

Marcus Agius CBE | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, HasmpshireMarcus Agius, Chairman of the board of directors here at Exbury Gardens, has become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in this year’s New Year Honours.

About Marcus Agius CBE

Marcus received the award in recognition for his services to botany and conservation. As well as his work at Exbury, he was chairman of the board of trustees at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for 10 years.

Marcus said: “The Covid Crisis has led to more and more people recognising the joys of being surrounded by nature. I am very fortunate to have been so closely involved in three such beautiful gardens as Kew, Wakehurst and Exbury.” 

Marcus is married to Kate de Rothschild, grand-daughter of Exbury Garden’s founder Lionel de Rothschild. His passion for horticulture is shared also with his daughter, award-winning landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius.

About Exbury

Exbury Gardens is one of the South’s highest profile and popular visitor gardens, and is famed for its spring-flowering rhododendrons and collection of rare shrubs and trees. In recent years, under Marcus’s guidance, it has been expanded for all-season interest with areas designed to show off spring, summer and autumn ‘flower power’.

In 2019 it marked its centenary with a new garden officially opened by the Prince of Wales and a display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Last year Exbury Gardens was one of the first visitor attractions to reopen to the public after lockdown ended, extending its season, for the first time, into December. Admission numbers were up with visitors keen to explore its stunning 200-acre woodland landscape in safety. Exbury Gardens will open for the 2021 season on 1 March.

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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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