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The Prince of Wales opens new Centenary Garden at Exbury Gardens

Balston Agius were delighted to be invited to the official opening of the new Centenary Garden by the Prince of Wales on Wednesday 10th July 2019.

During the visit, His Royal Highness was given a tour by Marie-Louise Agius and met members of the Rothschild family, the Balston Agius design team, the construction team, the gardening team, estate staff and volunteers, before unveiling a commemorative plaque. The opening marked 100 years since the now world-famous New Forest landmark was founded and was also attended by HM Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson, High Sheriff of Hampshire Sarah Le May, New Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Allan Glass and Hampshire County Council Chairman Councillor Charles Choudhary.

The Centenary Garden was planted two years ago in an old tennis court, almost at the centre of Exbury Gardens, and was carefully hidden from public view whilst it grew and matured. The garden is a contemporary, intimate space, focusing on late flowering summer perennials, interwoven between a strong vertical planted structure, with the existing yew hedging proving an evergreen backdrop. The central area is sunken, enhancing the three dimensional space, with the Rothschild 5 Arrows coat of arms in black Caledonian slate set into York stone paving. At the far end of the garden is a curved timber bench surrounded by cloud-pruned evergreen azaleas, a modern salute to the core history of the Gardens. Just over 2,000 plants have been used. Key structural plants include Gingko – running through the main planting beds; Heptacodium micanoides – the pair of multi-stemmed trees in the far end bed; Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – en masse at the far end around the Heptacodium; Rhus typhina ‘Tiger eyes’ – contrasting with the existing Yew in the north-west corner, and Miscanthus ‘Graziella’ – running in swathes between the Gingkos.

For more details on the Centenary Garden design click here

For more details on the official opening click here

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The Garden – features Marie-Louise’s design for Exbury Gardens

The April edition of the RHS magazine ‘The Garden’ features the Centenary Garden at Exbury, which has been designed by Marie-Louise Agius.
Marie-Louise is a Director of Exbury Gardens and shares her enthusiasm for the Gardens with all the members of the Balston Agius Team – all of whom are delighted to be able to assist her in bringing her ideas to life!

Click here to find out more about Exbury Gardens

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A new Director is announced!

We are delighted to announce that, after a highly successful 18 months within the Practice, Nikki Balck-Foote has consented to accept our invitation to become a Company Director. Nikki’s drive and determination has energised the Company and as a result we have continued to go from strength to strength. We very much hope that this will continue in the forthcoming year and we wish Nikki all the very best with the challenges of her extended role!

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Maggie’s Centre – Topping Out Ceremony

Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds.. John Greenoff (left) and Dr Terry Bramall nail the fern to mark the topping out ceremony..14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds.. John Greenoff (left) and Dr Terry Bramall nail the fern to mark the topping out ceremony..14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds.. Sir Andrew McAlpine is pictured at the ceremony14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds.. Sir Andrew McAlpine is pictured at the ceremony 14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds..Supporters of the Maggies Centre are pictured14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Topping out ceremony for the new Maggies Centre, at St James Hospital, Leeds..Supporters of the Maggies Centre are pictured 14th November 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Below is the article featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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