Batsford Arboretum

A fortnight ago I had the pleasure of attending Batsford Arboretum (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire) with my mum and sister. The weather was beautiful, although perhaps a little too hot to cover the entire 56 acres of natural beauty on offer.

I attended Westonbirt Arboretum last Autumn which was a delightful spectacle, offering a vibrant mix of hot, burnt shades and a plethora of gorgeous species. Westonbirt is rather flat and meticulously well-planned with clear and clean pathways and signposted markings. Everything appeared very clean cut and new and was very 'user friendly'.

Batsford Arboretum is a little rough and rugged around the edges - a playground for nature to spread its leafy tentacles. Pathways were a little more narrow, a little less pristine and the foliage was left to grow in any direction deemed fit.

On arrival we were provided with a map - mapping skills were never a strong point of mine and evidently not for my mother or sister either. We decided however that we would like to see the waterfall first before embarking on our long walk. For some reason, I had a vision that we would be greeted by an awe-inspiring natural wonder, much like you see in these travel or nature documentaries - 100 feet tall and highly impressive.

I think my expectations were a little high on this one. Nevertheless a stunning feature set within an already beautiful setting. 

We started off by the main bridge, taking in the glorious views and stunning range of trees and shrubs. As you can see, the weather was perfect. We could not have asked for a better day.

We did manage to find refuge in the shade around the course of the arboretum. It was welcomed and desired indeed. In these darker depths, shrubs and plants shone with lush vibrancy.

I just love the colour palette in this image. Varying shades of green, deep red, pale pink and white - a magnificent show of colour just in this one frame.

The pure white bloom of this Philadelphus was so alluring that I couldn't resist but take a few snaps.

Crisp white blooms with a glorious purple centre brings delicacy in reams - with pale green foliage to complement too.

A pale pink Rhododendron radiated beneath the suns rays.

A mysterious bridge surrounded by an abundance of shrubs and trees.

A serene and still moment. Time to reflect.

A standalone Aquilegia sways gently in the breeze.

A flamboyant Weigela enjoys the warmth of a sun-saturated morning.

Swathes of textured green foliage sit beneath a tower of Aconitum blooms.

Zantedeschia always provide a touch of class and elegance.

I felt as though I were walking through the grounds of an Asian palace with this glorious coloured Acer, performing its duty as a divine archway combined with a majestic Gunnera, flamboyant Shuttlecock Fern and Filipendula.

Hydrangea are one of my personal favourites. This variety was nearly missed as it was modestly tucked away. You have to keep your eyes peeled as there are hidden gems around every corner and beneath every tree.

Among the many pathways, hills and mounds, there was plenty of pond life. We stood here for a while, taking in all the splendour of these moisture loving plants.

This was one of the many views from the Arboretum looking across Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. What a stunning part of the world!

Stunning lilac foxgloves caught my eye in a sea of green foliage.

I was startled by a rather large sculpture - There was nothing to suggest its significance, which I guess added to the intrigue!

At the end of it all, we managed to find a little sanctuary of shade to enjoy the most delicious cake and cold drinks. Well worth the visit to the cafe I can assure you!

I would have shared more pictures, but I fear this blog would have taken you all day to read if I had. If you are ever in this part of the world, Batsford Arboretum is well worth the visit!


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