Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Exbury Gardens, located in Hampshire, England, are a real treat for the eyes! In fact, in December of 2011, they were awarded the Hudson's Heritage UK "Best Garden" award.
The gardens contain over 200 acres of rhododendrons, azaleas, and a plethora of rare trees and shrubs. they are the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild who passed away in 2009. Today, his grandchildren carry on the legacy.
There are several ways to view the gardens. You can walk on the numerous trails, you can ride a chauffer-driven buggy, or you can do my favorite thing: ride a miniature steam locomotive through the gardens.
The train will pass through the Summer Lane garden. From there, you'll catch a glimpse of the rock garden, followed by the wildlife pond. Next, you'll pass the plant nursery and exotic fruit patch. Then you'll pass by the sunflower field, which if you visit in the summer, is just amazing! Finally, you'll loop around the oldest tree in the garden, the Doomsday Yew. The train ride takes about twenty minutes.
The gardens are open daily from March to early November. Admission for adults is 14 British pounds and 4 British pounds for children.