My Glorious Gardens series: Exbury Gardens in May.

We decided to make the most of a Sunday and take a trip to Exbury Gardens in the New Forest, Hampshire. My colleague at work was telling me that it was definitely worth the trip at this time of year to see The Rothschild collection of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Whether you are a horticulturist, amateur gardener, family or lover of colourful places and views, this is the place for you!

Exbury gardens
Exbury Gardens

Tickets for the gardens can be combined with a steam train ride which children would love. You can also take dogs so Dottie came too. Not surprisingly, the teens stayed at home…..revising apparently! The gardens are quite extensive so comfy shoes are a must but there are clearly marked paths and a map to help guide you. Children can take part in a family trail, there is a fantastic woodland play area plus various picnic sites to choose from. There are a few steps towards the lower part of the garden but a shuttle service is offered for a small price which can take you and pick you up from various places around the garden should you need it.

Exbury Gardens
Stunning Exbury Gardens

The gardens are absolutely stunning and April/May is definitely the time to go. There are so many acid loving plants here including my favourite Acer’s. The photographs show you better than I can describe it to you. All I can say is the smell was amazing!

Exbury Gardens
Stunning Exbury Gardens

In the centre of the garden is the Japanese Garden with bridge, cascades and ponds. This was the highlight for me as the plants were ablaze of colours.

Exbury Gardens
Stunning Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens
Stunning Exbury Gardens

At the very end of the garden was an amazing view of the River Beaulieu and you can just see the Isle of Wight in the distance. It took about 11/2 hours of wandering to reach this part and marks the end of the garden. The benches offered a lovely rest and the views were worth the walk.

Exbury Gardens

After this we went to the Tea Room for a coffee and piece of cake which was very reasonable in price. You could also buy Toasties and Panini’s. At the entrance there is another restaurant which has a greater choice.

Exbury Gardens
Dottie had a fab time!

All in all this is a brilliant garden to visit and definitely worthy to be part of My Glorious Gardens Series!

Exbury gardens in May. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardening

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  • What a breathtaking place to reflect, and be mindful of all the beauty in the world. I wish my own garden resembled this in even the smallest way. #anythinggoes

    • I know right? Can you imagine. There is a private house there and I did wonder what it must be like for the owners after all the visitors have left. Bliss I expect. Thank you for commenting. X

  • This looks awesome, we were lucky to have decent weather on a bank holiday for a change, your dog looks like he made the most of it toi#familyfun@_karendennis

  • Oh this looks like an amazing place such a beautiful time of the year to visit the gardens your visiting. You’ll have to revisit them all in autumn because I bet it’s a vast contrast. And anywhere there is a steam train is great for kiddies isn’t it!!?
    ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  • What a beautiful place, especially the cascade in the Japanese garden
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  • What a beautiful place to visit! I would love to sit and read a book in a pretty corner. Such wonderful pictures too!

    • It is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend it Star!

    • It really is a lovely place to wander around. X

  • This looks like a stunning garden and you seem to have timed it perfectly from your gorgeous photos. One to add to the must-see list #MyGloriousGardens

    • It was absolutely stunning and great for all the family. X

  • What a gorgeous place. And I have to tell you, in many ways it is as if I was viewing images of a garden in a place like Charleston, SC or in North Carolina. So many of those plans are so popular in the area. It was like taking a trip back to when I loved there.

    • Yes, my mum has been to Charleston and she says that the plants are like this. X

    • Isn’t it? Such a lovely garden. X

  • Beautiful gardens! I love the views and all the colors mixed in with the greens. I love visiting gardens around here. They are a great place to get inspired and relax. #mygloriousgardens

    • Oh I love Acers! We planted 2 last year and one in particular is doing really well.

  • So glad you enjoyed Exbury. You picked a great time – those azaleas look amazing! We went in August, when the herbaceous borders and grasses were at their height. Awesome! #MyGloriousGardens

    • Oh that would be a lovely time too.

    • It was a truly lovely garden to visit.

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