From the 1st October – 31st October*, 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.
*the original finish date of this event was Sunday 5th November. Due to the Nerines flowering slightly earlier than usual this year, we have made the decision to finish the exhibition on the slightly earlier of date of Tuesday 31st October instead. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Exbury Gardens, Exbury, SO45 1AZ