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More than 100 years in the making, Exbury Gardens is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens, in a unique riverside location.

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Click on the photographs above to learn about what's flowering in the gardens at the moment or read on below to find out more about the gardens through the seasons.

Spring

Exbury is renowned for spring colour, set apart from other gardens by our world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azalaeas. These stunning shrubs are at their height in May, lining the paths with elegant flowers. Spring also sees a spectacular disaply of camellias and magnolias, as well as hundreds of thousands of spring bulbs in Daffodil Meadow and the River of Gold. 

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Summer

Our 200 acres transform into a shady sanctuary of tranquility during summertime. In particular, the Iris, Herbaceous, Sundial and Centenary Gardens bloom at this time of year with herbaceous perennials and exotic flowers.

Autumn

During the colder months, expert planting showcases the vibrant red and orange of our fiery acers and National Plant Collection of nyssa trees, amidst a vibrant backdrop of dogwoods and majestic oak trees.

Exbury Gardens is open 10am-5.30pm, Monday 29th March - Sunday 31st October 2021

‘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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