From the 1st October – 5th November, enjoy a fantastic display of Nerines in our Five Arrows Gallery, grown in the glass houses on site. The exhibition is included free with standard admission into the gardens.
Lionel de Rothschild first developed and hybridised the tender greenhouse–loving Nerines at Exbury in the 1920s and ‘30s, coming up with many classic blooms. The collection was dispersed in 1974 when the best bulbs were acquired by enthusiast and plantsman extraordinaire Sir Peter Smithers for his garden at Vico Morcote in Switzerland.
In 1995 Sir Peter returned the collection to Exbury, where Nicholas de Rothschild, Lionel’s grandson, has taken up the challenge of continuing the strain. 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. They scintillate in the sunshine with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle.
Exbury Gardens, Exbury, SO45 1AZ