Nerine Exhibition

Exbury’s stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis or ‘Jewel Lilies’ will be on public show at Exbury Gardens from 1st October – 4th November at the Five Arrows Gallery.

Lionel de Rothschild first developed and hybridised the tender greenhouse-loving Nerines at Exbury in the 1920s and ’30s, and now his grandson, Nicholas de Rothschild, Lionel’s grandson, is continuing his wonderful work.

Originally found on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town in South Africa, the jewel lilies flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, scarlets, copper and bronzes where they scintillate in the sunshine with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle. Nicholas has since produced well over 100 new hybrids and collectors and visitors to Exbury may buy Nerines that have never been seen before.

The collection will be displayed in the Five Arrows Gallery, where their extraordinary beauty will be shown off to best advantage. A wide range of Nerines will be available to purchase, with growing instructions included.

Admission to the exhibition is included with entrance to the Gardens, which will be looking spectacular with brilliant autumnal colour. 

‘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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