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Open 10am–5.30pm, 1 Mar–31 Oct.

EXBURY GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Summer Lane
Exbury
SO45 1AZ

200 acres

Tel
023 8089 1203

Visit website

Admission

Adult £13; Child £4.50; Under 3yrs free

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) – Mar, Jun & Sep.

Facilities

  • access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Self-serve refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Award winner
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Marcus Agius (Director)

Now celebrating more than 100 years, Exbury Gardens sits on 200-acres and consists of a spectacular collection of woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens. These impressive gardens, which were created and are still managed by the Rothschild family, border the Beaulieu River and boast a narrow-gauge steam railway, plus a newly refurbished restaurant and outdoor café.

Exbury is renowned for its spring colour and is set apart from other gardens by the world-famous hybrid rhododendron and azalea collection. Rhododendrons line the paths of the woodland areas of the gardens: Older plants form canopies of bright flowers, with younger plants offering bounteous displays of colour in every direction. The Azalea Bowl is a spectacle that cannot be missed in May, with clusters of bright azaleas creating a beautiful backdrop to one of Exbury’s many reflective and atmospheric ponds.    

Exbury also has a large camellia collection, many rare and elegant magnolias and astounding wisterias that sometimes grow up oak trees. Visitors can also enjoy swathes of spring bulbs on Daffodil Meadow and at the River of Gold, which is made up of 100,000 yellow bulbs.   

In the summertime, Exbury provides a shady sanctuary of tranquillity, characterised by the rare trees and shrubs that line the paths. Specially planted summer gardens, like the Sundial and Herbaceous gardens, showcase vibrant displays of dahlias, peonies, crocosmia and rudbeckia, among many other summer flowers. Exbury’s newest garden, The Centenary Garden, contains layers of grasses, exotic shrubs and herbaceous perennials, all presented in contemporary design that looks its best in late-summer and autumn. Exbury also boasts the recently reinstated Iris Garden and unprecedented compilations of hydrangeas that flower alongside paths throughout summer.    

During autumn, careful planting showcases the cardinal red and orange of acers and the colourful blaze of sweet gums and dogwoods, as well as the National Plant Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum. Exbury is also home to (and propagates) a substantial collection of Nerine Sarniensis, a cape flower that glitters under light, which is on display for visitors in the Five Arrows gallery throughout October.    

On top of all these horticultural delights, Exbury is also home to a delightful narrow-gauge steam railway that travels around the northern area of the gardens, through a tunnel and over a bridge.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.