Exbury Gardens New Forest Seasonal News for Lymington - November

What happens in November at Exbury Gardens

Bringing in the perennials at Exbury Gardens, November 2023

Time to lift perennials for overwintering plus lots of other jobs!

One of the most frequent questions we are asked here at Exbury Gardens is ‘what do you do in the winter?’

The answer is quite a lot! One of our biggest priorities in the month of November is to lift most of our tender perennials and move them into the safety of the glasshouse and pot them up for overwintering. We also take extra precautions by taking plenty of cuttings in early autumn to ensure we have some young plants ready to go out next spring once the threat of frost has passed. Some of the larger perennials are just too big to move and therefore have to take their chances and remain outside. We protect the rhizomes of plants such as gingers and cannas etc with a thick layer of mulch as this helps to reduce the risk of frost penetrating underground.

Another important part of looking after the 230-acre woodland garden is managing our tree collection. This involves annual inspections and the removal of dead and damaged branches and any precautionary tree work. As a semi-maritime garden, we can be vulnerable to gales. Recently, we were very lucky that we had no damage during the latest storm Ciaran.

We also have a wide range of other projects that we can crack on with whilst the Garden is closed. Some of these are the renovation and enhancement of some key areas, we may be doing anything from planting new trees to clearing ditches and some of the more mundane routine tasks such as maintaining pathways and garden infrastructure. As you can imagine there are also plenty of fallen leaves to collect and recycle into valuable leaf mould.

Propagation doesn’t stop at this time of year as the wet summer has created a wealth of seeds to be collected from our rare and unusual tree and shrub collection. Some of these will be cleaned and kept in the fridge to break their dormancy and others will be freshly sown.

There is plenty of other work for us to be getting on with and we are already thinking about prepping the Garden ready for opening next spring.

Autumn colour at Exbury Gardens November 2023

What's on at Exbury - November Update

Exbury is now closed to the public until March 2024 - but don't despair as we will reopen for two weekends in December for Christmas at Exbury.

Come along to enjoy a traditional Christmas fair, festive train and donkey rides, a Yuletide trail, delicious treats and lots more.

Sat 2 - Sun 3 December

Sat 9 - Sun 10 December

Christmas Fair and Gardens Admission book here

Check out Festive Express, Christmas Trail and Donkey Rides too! 

How to find us

2023 has been a great year and we have enjoyed welcoming you - we hope you have enjoyed the Gardens and our events. Thankyou to all our customers for your support during the year and we look forward to seeing you at Christmas - and then of course Spring 2024.





Your message here