Autumn term at Exbury Gardens

Date Posted: 26/08/2013

Teachers arranging a school visit to Exbury Gardens this October, can take pupils to see the autumn colours as part of one of the New Forest venue’s autumn events.

In October, the Five Arrows Gallery will be ablaze with Nick de Rothschild’s ‘jewel lily’ (Nerine sarniensis) collection, the largest of its type in the country.

The Nerines are shown alongside the wild art of artist Peter Thwaites who will be bringing the autumn season to life with his depictions of fruits, foliage and fungi.

Outside, the Festival of Autumn Colour will get under way as Exbury’s maples, dogwoods, liquidambers and other trees and shrubs explode into a haze of crimson, orange, yellow and deep purple.

A special autumn trail for school groups will guide pupils to the best of the colour in Yard Wood, whilst A Guide to the Trees of Exbury, written by Exbury head gardener John Anderson offers an authoritative look at trees most associated with the autumn season.

The Exbury Gardens Steam Railway will be running throughout the Festival of Autumn Colour event, giving the opportunity for school children to enjoy the sights via the train.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide