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Woodland Gardening with Kenneth Cox

27th Apr 2019 15:30 - 19:00

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woodland gardening with expert Kenneth Cox

Join woodland gardening expert and plant hunter Kenneth Cox, Exbury trustee Lionel de Rothschild and Head Gardener Thomas Clarke on an exclusive walk and talk on woodland gardening.

The tour will meander through Home Wood, taking in the beauty of Exbury’s magnificent woodland gardens and expertly-designed ponds. Followed by wine, canapes and a presentation on woodland gardens by Ken, with the chance for attendees to ask questions, and then a signing of Ken’s new book Woodland Gardens.

Attendees will be invited to enter the gardens through a separate entrance by the Five Arrows Gallery (parking available).

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Tickets: £15 or £40 for a book and ticket combo. Click here to purchase.

Books will be able to purchase at the event, although card payments cannot be accepted.
About Kenneth Cox

Kenneth Cox is a 3rd generation nurseryman based at Glendoick in Scotland. Ken has carved out his particular niche in the world of plant-hunting in leading 9 expeditions to South and South-East Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh in India. He is Managing Director of the family firm Glendoick Gardens, Scotland which specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas and ericaceous plants. The Cox family at Glendoick has a long historical connection with the Rothschilds at Exbury, including seed swaps that helped to form the two outstanding woodland gardens. Glendoick specialises in rhododendrons and, just like Exbury, is
celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. 

About the book

Woodland Gardening is the latest book from renowned woodland expert Kenneth Cox and is a must-read guide for gardeners who enjoy working with nature in all her glory. As well as hundreds of full colour photographs documenting the best woodland gardens across the globe, you will also hear best practice ideas from the world’s best woodland gardeners.Woodland Gardening Cover 3

Woodland Gardening covers the following topics:

  • History of Woodland Gardening, plant hunters, hybridisers
  • Inspirational woodland gardens from around the world from Scotland to Tasmania, Inverewe to Longwood Gardens, the Bremen Rhododendron Park to Pukeiti and Emu Valley
  • Design and features of woodland gardens: borrowed landscape, water, bridges, colour planning, year round interest, scent, Autumn colour
  • Climate, planting & maintenance including restoration of overgrown woodland gardens
  • Woodland Gardening: challenges and disorders: climate change, cold, pests, disease
  • Woodland Garden plants: inspirational planting ideas, combinations and the best rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, hydrangeas and woodland perennials and bulbs

‘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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