At the weekend I went to visit Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire, a garden with 55 acres of natural Cotswold countryside. It has one of the largest private tree collections in the country with almost 3,000 tree varieties. Click here for more information on the history of Batsford.
Batsford Manor House
View from the arboretum
Daffodils and hellebores were scattered all over the garden, as well as the first primroses I’ve seen this spring.
Yet more daffodils!
First primroses of the season
Batsford has the National Plant Collection of Japanese flowering cherries which were just sensational. I’ve never seen so many Prunus trees in one place before, the impact was stunning.
The magnolias were blossoming too, one cultivar in particular was especially striking with gorgeous pink flowers.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
The Pinetum was seriously impressive, the sheer scale of trees such as Sequoiadendron giganteum and Pinus sylvestris was breath-taking.
The Japanese area was a lovely part of the garden, the statues and house gave it a very authentic feel.
Statues (the buddha is my favourite!)
The café, plant centre and gift-shop was great too, I found the perfect present and card for Mother’s Day whilst I was there!
I spend half the day wandering round in awe, I got so excited by it all that I ended up taking hundreds of photos! I hope you enjoyed the edited highlights. 🙂