Exbury Gardens

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Address and contact details
Exbury Gardens Ltd, Exbury, Nr. Southhampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ
Tel: 023 8089 1203
Fax: 023 8084 3380
Email: john.anderson@exbury.co.uk
Web site: www.exbury.co.uk
Latitude: 50° 45' 8" N
Longitude: 1° 21' 43" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1919
Ownership:Exbury Gardens Ltd.
Umbrella organisation:English Heritage
Head Gardener: John Anderson
Contact person: John Anderson
Total Staff:50
Total Horticultural Staff:10 full-time, 5 part-time
Accessions:Obtaining Rhododendron species.
Collections:Preserving Rhododendron hybrids raised at Exbury.
Physical environment
Soil type:Light sandy soil
Aspect:North South
Total area:80 ha
Weather recordsRainfall
Average annual:600 mm
Month of maximum:November
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Plants:50 000
Notable plants within the collection:
Picea breweriana, Torreya californica, Carya aquatica, Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus libani, Fokienia hodginsii, Juniperus recurva, Manglietia insignis (Farrer coll.), Lithocarpus edulis, Oxydendrum arboreum, Quercus phyllyreoides, Q.canariensis, Q.acuta, Q.x turneri 'Pseudoturneri', Sorbus torminalis, Sorbus sargentiana, Fagus sylvatica 'Prince George of Crete', Magnolia campbellii, Hoheria angustifolia.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Chile, Sino-himalaya, Japan
Special families within the collections:
Ericaceae, Fagaceae, Magnoliaceae, Theaceae.
Special genera within the collections:
Abies, Picea, Acer, Camellia, Lachenalia, Magnolia, Nyssa, Pieris, Prunus, Quercus, Rhododendron, Nerine.
Special collections:
Acer – 550 accessions.
Camellia – 1 240 accessions.
Magnolia – 311 accessions.
Pieris – 223 accessions.
Prunus – 219 accessions.
Quercus – 180 accessions.
Rhododendron, – Started in 1920's by Lionel de Rothschild, ca. 12,000 specimens, many original Kingdon-Ward and Forrest collections. 1,210 listed crosses, with over 460 named hybrids.
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:Iris Botanical Systems
Plant-collecting trips:Through sponsorship.
Alan Clarke 05-07; John Anderson Chile 07.
Facilities on site
Library:Small Gardens Library
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden guide ; Tree Trail
Teaching and Education:No
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, Botanic Gardens style plant labels; Interpretation Panels
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, gift shop, steam railway.
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:110,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-5.30pm (dusk) early spring to autumn
Guiding principles behind the collection
To preserve and continue work on planting Rhododendrons created by Lionel de Rothschild. To plant new species and hybrids to build up a comprehensive collection of hardy woody plants. To make the collections available to visiting members of the public and interested parties.
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