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For the Love of Rhododendron

Season 2: Episode 1 - A bit of paradise

In this episode we meet Tom Clarke, Head Gardener at the world-renowned Exbury Gardens. We learn how Exbury's founder, the late Lionel de Rothschild, turned to gardening amidst personal disappointments, cultivating his own bit of paradise where Rhododendrons are interwoven with the natural landscape to create an exotic floral tapestry. Tom shares how the Crown Jewels of Exbury were forged through plant exploration, hybridization, and good old fashion business sense, and how the focus today is meeting the challenges of climate change and enabling public access to one of the finest green spaces in the U.K.

Reflecting the words of Ladybird Johnson, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope".

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Explore the links below to learn more about topics mentioned in this episode:

Exbury Manor House History of Exbury

Lionel de Rothschild Lionel de Rothschild

Exbury 2022 Drought Azalea Bowl at Exbury Garden

Exbury Gardening Staff Tom Clarke (left)
Exbury's head gardener

Exbury 2022 Drought 2022 drought and
record-breaking heat wave.

R. Leo Exbury hybrid Rhododendron 'Leo'


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