The garden was designed by RHS Chelsea Gold medallist and Lionel de Rothschild great-grandaughter Marie-Louise Agius and built by PC Landscapes. The garden is contemporary with subtle nods to the family history and focuses on late flowering summer perennials.
Marie-Louise called it:
“A garden within the gardens that was both different from and yet complemented the existing garden.”
The design for the Centenary Garden includes a sunken central area with the Rothchild’s notorious 5 arrows symbol in black Caledonia slate set in York stone paving. Constructed in place of a former tennis court, PC Landscapes installed a new drainage system.
Once the central area was excavated to the required levels, a fixed central datum line was established. This was to create the elliptical shape and ensure the exact measurements for the bespoke stonework and paving. Blockwork faced with bricks to match the old existing buildings created the walls. A fabricator renovated the new steel climbing frames from one of Exbury’s old glasshouses.
A bespoke oak pergola and three different oak gates were also made and lifted into position.
Over a hundred tonnes of topsoil were imported to fill the new beds and borders.
During the opening of the garden, His Royal Highness was given a tour of the new garden and unveiled a commemorative plaque. He also met members of the Rothschild family, part of the PC Landscapes team and Exbury gardeners and volunteers.