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Ellie
1st March 2009, 01:02 AM
Exbury Gardens, not far from Beaulieu, is a possible day out for flower/landscape/garden lovers. It's a gorgeous place to visit in the Spring, when the camellias are out (as well as rhododendrons, bluebells, violets and daffodils), and again in the autumn for the autumn leaf colour.

Entrance is 8 for individuals, reduced to 7 each if in a group of more than 15. The last time we went in the Spring they gave free tickets for autumn admission, I don't know if they do that every year.

There are walks through woodland, you can get down to the river too. There are views of the "big house", although no access. There's an ancient Yew tree, worth looking at, a miniature railway too. It's a fabulous day out. Here's a plan http://www.exbury.co.uk/exbury/index.htm

The whole place is organised for people to walk round, not flat but no steep hills or inclines, all paths are either tarmacked or good level walking surface. There aren't any play areas for children, but ours enjoyed going there because there was so much to see, and nooks and crannies to explore.

It says on their site http://www.exbury.co.uk/exbury/index.htm I'd say their timing estimate is fairly accurate, the place is huge.
We recommend you allow a minimum 21⁄2 - 31⁄2 hours to explore the Gardens (but up to 5 6 hours in the spring), plus time spent in the restaurant and on the railway.

No problems about taking your own food and drink, there are loads of benches dotted around. Parking is free of charge.

If anybody might be interested I can find out when they expect the camellias to be at their best - it really is worth a visit, if only to walk through the camellias, have them towering above you, and carry the memory of the wonderful scent home with you.

Exbury is here (from the car park by the road down to the river on the left)
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.80273&lon=-1.399434&z=16.1&r=0&src=msl

Afterwards you could also visit Beaulieu village (about five to ten minutes by car) or there's Buckler's Hard, which is where they used to build wooden warships including the Agamemnom - it's a surprisingly small place.

Ellie
25th March 2009, 02:28 PM
If anybody's interested, the "current flowering conditions" on the Exbury website show that the Camellias are now in bloom.

This weekend, 28th or 29th, might be a good time to visit.

Invicta
25th March 2009, 08:23 PM
Sounds a wonderful venue to visit at this time year. Many thanks for pointing it out.

I'll have to check diaries and see if I can make it for the w/e, I would guess it is about 1.5hours drive for me but it looks well worth a visit.

Ellie
26th March 2009, 04:02 PM
It's very well worth a visit, with loads of opportunities for macro/flower photography as well as landscape/scenery.

I think the weather on Sunday may be better than Saturday
http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/dayforecast.asp?day=3&zipcode=Southampton

Timing? About 11:00 a.m. will allow plenty of time to wander round before it closes at six (or dusk).

Invicta
28th March 2009, 07:49 PM
Definity going to visit Exbury Gardens on Sunday, got the sat nav on charge :)

The weatherman did say tonight's cold snap would not be good for Camellias!

Ellie
28th March 2009, 10:17 PM
We're not too far from Exbury and so far the Camellias here haven't taken too much of a bashing, although it's been chilly.

There'll be loads and loads of daffodils, violets, primroses and cherry blossom as well as early rhododendrons and heathers. The magnolias might also be coming into flower, which will be a treat. Some trees are coming into leaf too, especially the willows.

Here's what's on the website http://www.exbury.co.uk/website/current_flowering_conditions.aspx

Ellie
30th March 2009, 12:07 PM
I've put a few pictures to my forum gallery and added a couple to Nick's "Get Your Buds Out" thread. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showpost.php?p=40708&postcount=10