Batsford Arboretum

A couple of weeks ago I visited Batsford Arboretum, to see their collection of trees in all their autumnal glory. I first visited Batsford two years ago in spring, when their magnolias and cherry blossom blew me away.

Views of the Arboretum

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IMG_7726I was really looking forward to seeing the arboretum at a completely different, but just as beautiful, time of year – it didn’t disappoint in any way.

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

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Acer pubinerve

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IMG_7772It has 55 acres of natural Cotswold countryside and one of the largest private tree collections in the country with almost 3,000 tree varieties.

Ginkgo biloba

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Liquidambar styraciflua

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IMG_7688As soon as I stepped into the garden colour hit me from every direction. A fine Ginkgo biloba specimen was like a tower of gold, several Euonymus and Sorbus species had beautiful berries.

Euonymus

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Sorbus pseudohupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’

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Sorbus pseudohupehensis 'Pink Pagoda'

Rhus succedanea

Rhus succedaneaA small woodland area primarily of beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) was very dramatic with a carpet of russet brown leaves on the ground, mirrored in the leaves still hanging in the trees.

Woodland area

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More acers

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IMG_7652The acers truly stole the show however. From a distance every pathway was lit with a splash of red, orange or gold, as I got closer I realised every tree was an acer! Some trees looked like they were on fire in the sunlight.

Acers again

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IMG_7740I became so inspired I even wrote a quick poem! I have a lot of scribblings in my notebook that I haven’t typed up yet. . . here’s the one I wrote at Batsford:

Acer

blood red ‘Bloodgood’

foliage flickering flames

even on the greyest, dankest of days

your colour doesn’t wane

it burns, brighter and brighter

reds and golds

chasing the cold away

a light of life

on this autumn day.

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Last few acers

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IMG_7769The arboretum was a truly sensational display of colour, I always think autumn is the farewell party nature throws until spring. . . and everyone’s invited. I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

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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. 🙂