Yard Wood was the last part of the garden to be developed. It derives its name from the many yew trees growing here. The wood of the yew was used for yardsticks which formed the bows of the archers in medieval times, and folklore has it that one of these Exbury trees was mentioned in the Domesday book.
On the left is Hydrangea Walk, the inspiration of Leopold de Rothschild. By mid-summer the Herbaceous Gardens come into their own, with a focus on cooler blue and mauves from the Teller hybrid hydrangeas.
This leads to the Boardwalk, recently planted with tree ferns, bamboo, gunnera and wollemi pine.
Azalea Drive. The main drive continues through the garden passing the dark crimson Rhododendron ‘Bibiani’ and some new plantings of Rhododendron ‘Loderi’ to an impressive sweep of deciduous azaleas.
Interplanted with maples and backed by pines this provides a colourful spectacle in the spring when the azaleas are in full flower, and again in the autumn when the maples predominate. Flowering cherries and the white purple-flushed Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Brozzonii’ frame a view of Jubilee Pond named to celebrate King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935.
The American Garden
In the American Garden there is a comprehensive collection of rhododendrons from the USA, which were planted here after the severe storms in the late 1980s. Further on, a group of eucryphia will provide spectacular colour in the later summer. Here one can get glimpses of the railway which was completed in 2001. This has opened up a new area which includes a splendid timber viaduct.