Batsford Arboretum

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

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View from the arboretum

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Swamp garden

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Daffodils and hellebores were scattered all over the garden, as well as the first primroses I’ve seen this spring.

Hellebores

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Yet more daffodils!

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First primroses of the season

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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.

Prunus trees

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Prunus blossom

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The magnolias were blossoming too, one cultivar in particular was especially striking with gorgeous pink flowers.

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’

Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle'

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Close-ups!

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The Pinetum was seriously impressive, the sheer scale of trees such as Sequoiadendron giganteum and Pinus sylvestris was breath-taking.

Acer opulus

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Acer palmatum

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Conifer pollen

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The Japanese area was a lovely part of the garden, the statues and house gave it a very authentic feel.

Japanese garden

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Statues (the buddha is my favourite!)

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Japanese house

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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. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Batsford Arboretum

  1. I would agree with Brenda above but don’t want to leave France…
    Becka, you do take my breath away and as my grandmother from Cardiff said, “One cannot have too many daffodils!” 🙂 x

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