Our centenary year

100 years of horticultural excellence

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular 200-acre woodland garden and miniature steam railway located on the edge of the Beaulieu River in the New Forest, Hampshire. World-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs, Exbury Gardens is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.

A special legacy

The 1920s were the golden age of woodland gardening and Exbury, under the careful eye of Lionel de Rothschild and his staff, was at the cutting edge of this movement. The location, climate, existing oak woodland and acidic soil all allowed for the creation of one of the finest gardens of its kind in the UK. Combine this with the legacy of the great plant hunters, and the extensive plant breeding programme at Exbury, and we are fortunate enough to have inherited a truly wonderful garden packed full of horticultural treasures

.The centenary year will see some fantastic new projects unveiled plus a continued focus on our work to conserve and develop the plants and landscape at Exbury for the next 100 years. 
- Thomas Clarke, Head Gardener


We are opening a new 'secret' garden, history exhibition and 'stream' of spring bulbs in the Rothschild family colours to celebrate our 100th anniversary, all open to the public from Saturday 23rd March 2019.

We will also be hosting a number of exclusive special events for visitors (check out the program here) and publishing a series of articles on Exbury Gardens' unique history, exclusive to our website, which can be read through here.

#Exbury100 Share your photographs and memories of Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway from the past 100 years using the hashtag above and we'll repost across our social media profiles!

Book tickets

New for 2019 

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Centenary Garden

Take your first glimpse of our ‘secret’ centenary garden designed by RHS gold medal award-winning designer Marie-Louise Agius, great grand-daughter of Exbury Gardens’ founder Lionel de Rothschild. Hidden from public view for almost two years, this contemporary garden contains subtle nods to the Rothschild family history and has been planted with a particular focus on late summer.

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History exhibition

Discover the story behind Exbury Gardens and the people that made it happen in our new exhibition. Located just outside the visitor entrance, our display aims to share Exbury’s unique history and showcase photographs of the gardens and staff across the last 100 years.

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Stream of Spring bulbs

Stroll from the picnic area to the Iris Garden along our brand-new Spring Bulb Stream. Weaving around rare trees near the main drive this riot of colour consists of over 100,000 bulbs including daffodils, crocus, bluebells and much more.

special events


From guided tours and talks by experts to character appearances and family events, we've got a number of special events planned to celebrate our 100th anniversary.

Explore events

News articles

Jan 2018 web

Learn about famous seed swaps, our head gardeners and their impact over the last 100 years, plus see exclusive photographs from the Rothschild archives.

Explore articles

Thank you to everyone that has visited Exbury Gardens over the past century

The money we receive from entrance fees and donations not only enables our small team of gardeners to maintain our 200 acres but also to fund new projects and ensure that our rare collections thrive. 

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‘What could be better on a trip down to the New Forest than a walk in a beautiful garden, a ride on a steam train (which my grandson adored!) and a chance to see the Beaulieu river close up? A memorable day out and a gem of a place’

Rob Gregory, Oxford

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What to see in the garden on your visit


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What wildlife to spot in the gardens


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