Re: [gardeners] exbury azaleas

Dick Tripp (
Sat, 2 May 1998 20:00:40 -0700 (PDT)

Margaret:  There is a great collection of Exbury and Knap Hill  hybrids
at Kew Gardens.  During late 19th century a nurseryman in England tried
to improve the Ghent hybrids.  the resulting azaleas were at the Knap
Hill nursery.  Years later Lionel de Rothschild of Exbury bred several
Knap Hill and bred the Exbury hybrids.  The Ilam hybrids came from New
Zealand.  the latest group are the Windsor hybrids.  I do not know if any
of these are over in North America.  Kathleen is my favorite Exbury.
Homebush, which my wife likes is a Knap Hill azalea.
    Nice weather here.  Clemmies are doing well.  All the alpines out.
Regards Dick

On Sat, 2 May 1998, Margaret Lauterbach wrote:

> Exactly what are Exbury azaleas?  Sunset Western Gardening Encycl. says
> they are Exbury hybrids.  Was it some one in particular who created some
> hybrids in a town called Exbury?  Thanks, Margaret