Exbury Gardens in the New Forest is to open its ‘Gilbury Lane Garden’ for the first time in March 2014 showcasing hundreds of camellias, including over 200 named varieties from the Trehane Collection.
The camellias were donated seven years ago by horticulturalist and camellia expert Jennifer Trehane, and, having reached a height of approx 6ft, promise a spectacular display of early spring colour.
Exbury Head Gardener John Anderson said: ‘Exbury is renowned as a Spring Woodland Garden and particularly for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. It is our collection of magnolias and camellias that commence the season though, and the Trehane Collection will add further to visitors' enjoyment of Exbury in March and April."
The Gilbury Lane Garden has never been accessible before. It features mature trees and a carpet of primroses in the spring. The area was replanted after the Great Storm of 1987, and covers between 2-3 acres.
Added Anderson: "It was the natural spot to plant the camellias in 2006. Whilst Exbury already has renowned Camellia Walks, these are found at the far end of Home Wood, some distance from the main entrance. The Gilbury Lane Garden will be readily accessible just a short walk from our entrance and tea rooms.'
The Gilbury Lane Garden will be accessible to visitors when Exbury opens for the new season on Saturday 15 March 2014. The Garden will only be open for the spring and will close after the Camellia flowering season.
A new children’s play area is also planned to open close to the entrance as a further added value initiative.