Filming set to reveal year-round attractions of Exbury

Filming will begin shortly for a project at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest in which techniques, including aerial filming, time-lapse and 'macro' filming, will be used to create a record of the gardens throughout the year.

The first aerial filming date has been set for the 28 April, when the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons and azaleas will be in full bloom.

Gardens president Nick de Rothschild said: "Whilst Exbury is known for its rhododendrons and azaleas, the films will hopefully show that Exbury is truly a year-round garden. We have a rich and diverse tapestry of plants, trees and shrubs, and the passing of the seasons will be observed in the finest detail."

Founder of Seeing Red, Red Johnson, is overseeing the filming: "This is an extremely exciting project. We are utilising the latest image capture technology to record in incredible detail a full year in the life of one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

"From the explosion of spring colour through the long summer months and into the beautiful autumn hues, the results will provide a unique digital perspective for people to learn about the amazing range of plants that Exbury possesses."
Exbury Director and Trustee Marie-Louise Agius, whose firm Balston Agius was awarded a  gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 for their East Village Show Garden, said: "I have seen at first hand how Red Johnson and his team have brought their modern filming techniques to bear in their digital coverage for the BBC at the Chelsea Flower Show. Their footage has been incredibly well received and has opened up the Show for an entirely new audience.

"We have every expectation that ‘A Year at Exbury’ will have a similar effect, and we are looking forward to sharing the footage with our partners and visitors."

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