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“Nerine exhibition at Exbury gardens.”

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Exbury
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Exbury's beautiful woodland gardens cover 200 acres and is a jewel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Primroses, daffodils, camellias and magnolias ensure early spring colour before bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas burst into bloom. The spectacle of the Azalea Bowl is not to be missed in May. The summer months bring shady riverside walks and perfect picnic spots next to ponds with carp and dragonflies. Hydrangeas are at their peak and showpiece exotics heat up the Herbaceous Borders and Sundial Garden. Autumn arrives in a blaze of colour with waterside maples, sweet gums, dogwoods and acers. Exbury also has a 12¼ inch gauge Steam Railway which delights visitors of all ages and the 20 minute journey passes by the fabulous Rock and Summer Lane Gardens. Children will love the play area, discovery trails, scavenger hunts, bug hunting and special events that run throughout the year. The Tea Room offers a delicious hot and cold seasonal menu, afternoon tea and more.
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Having visited the excellent Nerine exhibition last year I was keen to take some friends to this year’s exhibition to see these unusual beautiful plants, what a disappointment! The display was much smaller than last year and no where near as stunning as the display seen in 2016. Sadly some of the plants on display were well past there sell by date, we hope for a better display in 2018 please.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2017

We thank you for your comments and take them very seriously. We are always keen to listen to feedback and ideas for future displays. This year we have been hampered by the plants flowering three weeks earlier than usual due to the season so it has been difficult to manage fresh plants at all times. We have replaced the whole stock at least six times during the month-long exhibition.

This is a free exhibition to further the enjoyment of Exbury Gardens in the autumn and we do it with a great emphasis on education and awareness of these beautiful plants. At all times we want to make it interesting and informative and would therefore welcome any ideas you have for future displays. Our Curator can be contacted on info@exbury.co.uk

With best wishes,

The Exbury Team

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

These gardens are quite expensive to visit but they are worth every penny. The gardens are well sign posted and extend over many acres. Many of the plants and shrubs are labelled. At this time of year the autumn foliage is incredible but I would think they are worth visiting at any time of year. There is a large car park with specially designated disabled parking. For those who cannot walk the distance there is a land buggy that explores the grounds. There is an extra £4.50 charge for the 45 minute ride. There is also a steam train which explores different areas. The paths are all well made and ordinary foot wear is suitable. The children's play area is suitable for young children and there are toilets situated throughout the grounds. There are at least two cafes.

The Gardens close in the winter and may also close at short notice in very windy weather.

We hope to return next spring to see the azaleas and rhodedendrons in full flower.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

When we last visited all the shrubs were out in bloom but this ytime being autumn it was different. The walks were good (20 miles of walkways) and some of the plants were interesting. Fortunately there was a Nerine exhibition at the centre and a very helpful young lady made it a worthwhile visit. It seems an expensive visit in the Autumn, maybe September/October should be reduced entrance fees.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

Lovely day out. Enjoyed the Nerine exhibition and the autumn colours. Little train was very well kept and run by the ladies.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Our first visit & we fell in love with it!
From soaring pines to oak glades, rhododendron walks to riverside views and sheltered herbaceous gardens, Exbury has it all. You can just manage to take in the spacious 200 hectares in a day, and there are plenty of seats scattered round for resting or taking in the views. Don't miss the riverside walk, where you can sit by the Beaulieu River and watch kingfishers darting by!
The tea-rooms are lovely & their scones the best I've ever tasted, but once inside the gardens, there's only a seasonal eatery, with very bland sandwiches & paninis. On a good day, I would recommend a picnic, as there are loads of picnic areas & this is welcomed anywhere.
Kids would love the openness (no keep off the grass here!) and there is a play area near the gates.

Date of experience: October 2017
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