Exbury Gardens in the New Forest has won a host of trophies at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Main Rhododendron Show at Rosemoor, Devon.
Head gardener John Anderson said: "The gardens are looking magnificent. The blooms have enjoyed the mild weather of late and there have been very few spring frosts. We cut for the show last Friday and had a very early start setting out to Devon on Saturday morning, but the drive was worth it as we got to take home two trophies. The ‘Loder Cup’ was presented to Exbury for best single hybrid truss – we were competing against 20 other entries and won with a billowing Rh ‘Loderi’. These blooms are heavily scented, such that visitors to the Gardens can smell the rhododendron before they see it. Our second trophy was the JJ Crossfield Cup – which we actually retained – for the best three hybrids raised and bred by an owner/garden. In addition to the cups we also came away with a clutch of firsts, seconds and thirds in other classes."