Nerines and woodland wonders – Autumn dazzlers at Exbury Gardens in its centenary year

One of the world’s finest collections of sparkling Nerine sarniensis, also known as Jewel Lilies, will be on show at Exbury Gardens this Autumn, dazzling visitors with unique light-reflecting petals.

The historic collection was started by the banker and plantsman Lionel de Rothschild when he founded Exbury Gardens 100 years ago and now boasts over 900 different shades of these beautiful Autumn-flowering plants.

First found on Table Mountain in South Africa, the stunning amaryllids flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through to new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, copper and bronzes, all with gold or silver flecks that make their petals sparkle. Lionel’s grandson Nick de Rothschild, the current custodian of the collection, has produced over 100 new hybrids, many of which will be sale at the exhibition.

The Nerine Collection will be on display from 1 October to 3 November 2019 10am-5pm in the Five Arrows Gallery at Exbury Gardens. Admission is included with entrance to the world-famous woodland gardens.

Also, on display at Exbury this Autumn will be its new Centenary Garden, designed by Lionel’s great grand-daughter Marie-Louise Agius for late season interest. Opened for the first time this year, to mark Exbury’s 100 years, the contemporary garden is filled with gorgeous grasses, plants, shrubs and trees providing a peaceful spot for the public to explore.

For a colourful contrast, visitors can then wander into the neighbouring and more formal Sundial Garden with its fine collection of dahlias and salvias, a must-see spectacle during the Autumn months.


Spread over 200 acres, Exbury holds the national collections of Nyssa and Oxydendrum trees, and has over 450 cultivars of Acer, so a glorious leaf display of Autumn colour is guaranteed.


Head Gardener at Exbury Gardens Thomas Clarke said: “With its secluded woodland glades, networks of ponds for reflection and a wonderful collection of deciduous trees and shrubs, including the national collections of Nyssa and Oxydendrum, Exbury is the perfect place to enjoy Autumn. Our proximity to the south coast means we benefit from warmer than average sunny days in early Autumn, and when this is combined with the lower night time temperatures on clear nights, chemical reactions are triggered within the leaves transforming the garden into a sea of orange, yellow and red. Lionel de Rothschild’s original vision for Exbury was very much about creating a rich tapestry of colour, leaf texture and shape on a grand scale and this is never more evident than in Autumn when the 200 acres of woodland garden really come into their own.”



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