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In a perfect celebration of the impending springtime bloom, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway will host a Lachenalia Exhibition to help visitors enjoy the beauty of the flowers also known as “leopard lilies”.

From 12 March through to 2 April, the exhibition will present hundreds and hundreds of blooms at the site’s Five Arrows Gallery. Considered to be one of the fastest-growing collector plants in the country, there are currently 133 different species of Lachenalia. The flowers come in a variety of different colours and sizes. For many gardeners, they are considered the ideal plant for kitchen pots, windowsills, or for a display in the conservatory.

According to the gardeners at the centre, the Exbury Lachenalia Collection is always expanding. They have brought back several species of the flowers from South Africa and have been cultivating several varieties for the last five years. For the exhibition, all the flowers are labelled and displayed.

For those who love the flowers they see, there are bulbs available for purchase as well. Bulbs are shipped to customers during the summer months when the plant is dormant. The perfect time to plant the bulbs is usually in July.

For more information about the Lachenalia Exhibition please visit the garden’s website.

A registered charity, Exbury Gardens & Stream Railway is the perfect destination for those enjoying a family holiday in Hampshire. The centre offers woodland walks and world-famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Regular art and sculpture exhibitions are also held at Exbury Gardens.

For 15 years, a miniature steam railway has been operating as well. The train takes a scenic route through parts of the gardens that are not accessible to the public via walking.

The garden was started as a way to express the horticulture passions of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, a member of a wealthy banking family, and the gardens have been developed since Rothschild bought the estate in 1919. The garden was the brainchild and creation of Rothschild who employed 250 men to help him clear the property’s vast acreage in order to plant a wide variety of plants and flowers.

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