Easter at Batsford Arboretum:
Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country. Set in 56 acres in the heart of Gloucestershire it overlooks the Evenlode Valley and the Cotswolds beyond.
When the 2nd Lord Dulverton died in 1992, the Arboretum was left in the hands of the Batsford Foundation, a charitable trust set up to promote research and education into conservation, arboriculture, gardens and architecture. Batsford Arboretum is now home to the National Collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees, a whooping 73 different species of Magnolias, an amazing Davidii Tree, also known as the Pocket-Handkerchief tree, Giant Redwoods, and many bamboo varieties as well as numerous Snakes-head fritilleries, bluebells, daffodils, snowdrops and other plants to numerous to mention.
Within the grounds you’ll also find a privately owned neo-Tudor mansion, an artificial watercourse which runs down the western side of the gardens, a hermit’s cave, rockeries, a lovely thatched cottage and a Japanese Rest House, complete with rooftop dragon to ward off evil spirits! Around the main entrance you’ll find Chinese characters which reference the beauty of bamboo. There are also several bronze statues near the Rest House including Buddha, two Japanese deer and a mythical beast called Foo Dog with its paws raised on a cloisonné enamelled globe.
We had been to Batsford a couple of years ago in the Autumn but I wanted to see it again in the Spring when the flowering cherry trees and magnolias were in bloom; it would also give me the excuse to try out my new Fuji X-Pro1 camera that I had been itching to use.
The weather on Good Friday was warm with glorious blue skies which enhanced the beauty of the flowers and emerging leaves. The sight of of the blooms was magnificent and lived up to all expectations, at times it was like walking through showers of scented confetti.
I can’t wait to return again in October for the Autumn spectacular.
All images were taken on Friday 18th April 2014.