Exbury Gardens New Forest Seasonal News for Lymington - October

Autumn preparations and Nerines at Exbury Gardens

Beautiful Nerines at Exbury Gardens October 2023

October at Exbury Gardens is preparation time for both winter and next year's displays

Autumn is one of our busiest times for the gardeners here at Exbury, although we continue to keep the garden tidy for our guests, we also turn our efforts to the projects we have set aside for the coming winter months and make the most of the dry ground conditions before the monsoon arrives in December!

This will involve clearing areas for planting, lifting herbaceous perennials cutting back our 22 miles of paths and many other jobs that go into keeping Exbury fantastic. We have had a spectacular year in our herbaceous gardens, the combination of warm wet weather has resulted in a huge amount of growth and endless flowers, these colourful areas of the garden continue to look amazing as we enjoy the early autumn sunshine.

As we enter October the elegant woodland gardens at Exbury fill up with russet, orange, red and yellow as our tree collection responds to the combination of warm days and cooler nights that trigger autumn colour, the Acers ( maples ) are the first to start showing vibrant reds, orange and yellows throughout the garden, these beautiful trees really set the scene for what is to come next as the other trees slowly follow suit.

Our unique collection of Nerines are also now flowering and are making a stunning display in the 5 arrows gallery, Nerines are an enigmatic genus of South African bulb with microscopic scales on the flowers which appear to glitter under light and make the most amazing house plant.

The wetter than average summer has also produce a great crop of mushrooms popping up around the gardens particularly in the wood chip mulch that we spread around out trees, this microbial activity in the soil helps trees to increase their access to nutrients and water and leads to a much healthier soil environment.


Summer fun continues for all the family at Exbury Gardens 

Exbury Gardens with its trees, lakes, space, freedom and steam train is a magical place for quality family time and a fun place too: summer-long you will find family friendly things to do. 

Seasonal daily activities for children include 

c2ag 707x499 3 Brass rubbing trail mapUntil 29 October: pick up trail sheet at Visitor Entrance

Plus on specific dates lots more including Make a Bug Hotel, Donkey Day, Make a Mini Garden and Willow Workshop - see https://www.exbury.co.uk/events

Ghosts and Ghouls this Halloween!

Ghost Train

Many years ago, plant hunters travelled the world looking for new specimens to bring back to Exbury Gardens. But one voyage returned with more than just plants…

A supernatural cargo of ghosts and ghouls arrived in their place, making their homes in the eerie woodlands surrounding the gardens. 

Most of the time there is nothing to fear at Exbury, but at Halloween the haunting begins!

Join us on our quest to stamp out the Exbury ghosts, once and for all!

Tickets for our infamous Ghost Train are now on sale and we also have pumpkin carving, face-painting, spooky garden-making to ensure we have something for everyone this Halloween.  

Spooky Garden-Making

Create your very own spooky garden in a cauldron to take home. 

We'll supply all the materials needed to plant your little garden and we'll even offer an extra bit of 'know-how' as you choose how to accessorise your creation. 

Various times, every day between 23rd and 29th October.

Garden admission or Friends of Exbury membership required 

Details of all Halloween events here



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