Batsford Arboretum

This evening, I am posting information on Batsford Arboretum which is close to Moreton-in-the Marsh in the English Cotswolds which in turn is about ninety miles N.W. of London. Adjacent to the site is the Cotswold Falconry Centre which offers excellent flying displays of various raptors.

This is an excellent site for persons interested in trees, photography or just a pleasant, quite walk in natural surroundings.

At this fifty-six acre site can be found 2850 plant specimens including 1300 trees, shrubs and bamboo. Specimens have been sourced from around the world with emphasis on the Far East. The collection includes Japanese Flowering Cherries and a project focused on conifer conservation, including conifers from Chile.

Here is a seasonal chronology of what the site has to offer:

  • Winter and early Spring: Snowdrops, Aconites, Hellebores and Cyclamen.
  • Spring: Daffodils, Hellebores, Yoshino Cherries, Primroses, Magnolias, Wood Anemones, Bluebells and Violets.
  • Early Summer: Davidia (Handkerchief Tree), Snowdrop Tree, Japanese Maples, Alliums and Cammasia.
  • Summer:¬†Orchids, Moon Daisies, Foxgloves, Shrub Roses, Indian Bean Tree and flowering Dog Woods.
  • Autumn (Fall): Reds, golds and oranges of the Japanese Maples. Sorbus, Cherries, Katsuras and many other trees.

The site was originally created by Lord Redesdale in the late 19th century with emphasis on the Far East. However, ownership now rests with a not-for-profit charitable foundation.

Tree/shrub specimens

Tree specimens

Tree specimens

Bog Garden

Tree specimen

Tree specimens

Tree specimens

Tree specimen

Batsford House (private) viewed from Arboretum.