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February and March at Batsford Arboretum

No sooner did we turn our back on Christmas than there’s the fabulously optimistic sign of spring just around the corner. Yes - Christmas was lovely – and our Festive Friday’s a great success, but who isn’t excited by the thought of lengthening days and the first shoots of spring appearing?

A carpet of snowdrops is already starting to appear – and, thanks to a massive spring flowering bulb project over the past 10 years, there’ll be many more to come including aconites daffodils, hellebores and other spring beauties!

It’s true to say the arboretum provides an assault on many different senses in January and February. You often smell our beautiful witchhazels, sarcococca’s and Daphne’s before you see their splashes of colour, offering up their distinctly individual sweet scents.

On a frosty morning the birdsong is already deafening too- our resident bird population are starting to mark out their territories, already competing for one of the 40 or so nest boxes in the arboretum.

We, meanwhile, have a pretty good reason to sing about ourselves having won silver in the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor of the Year category. It’s a testament to how great a place Batsford is to visit, and to our wonderful staff who are so keen to share their love of Batsford with visitors.

So the new season’s seeds are now in the Garden Shop along with a lovely range of seed potatoes and onions which means there’s no reason not to have a go at growing your own this year. Why not come along to our Grow Your Own Soup Week and Masterclass where you get a free packet of seed with each bowl of soup to inspire you to have a go at growing your own soup this year! (Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February 12 – 2pm.) Our Masterclass on Saturday 8th between 5 and 7pm offers top tips from our Head Chef about creating gorgeous soups and focaccias and advice about growing your own veg too!

Or you may choose instead to simply enjoy the beautiful view from the deck of the Garden Terrace Café while treating yourself to one of our scrumptious cakes or an afternoon tea! We’re open every day of the year and with so much to see and do, we hope you make 2014 the year you pay beautiful Batsford a visit.

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AB.
Tel 01386 701441. arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk. www.batsarb.co.uk.
Winner of Cotswold Tourism’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013.

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2014 Events at Batsford

February and March.

If you’re an individual member of the RHS you get free arboretum entry throughout February. Just show us your card at the entrance.

Grow Your Own Soup Week at the Garden Terrace Café.

February 3rd – 7th inclusive.

As part of Bite 2014 – the Cotswolds Food Festival, treat yourself to something special with a different bowl of soup served every day between 12 and 2pm in the Garden Terrace Café. Depending on the vegetable used, there’ll be a free packet of seed, recipe card for the soup and information about how to grow your own soup this season – with 5 different soups to try accompanied by our legendary home-baked focaccia!

Grow Your Own Soup Masterclass

Saturday 8th February. 5 – 7pm.

Whether or not you’ve been enjoying our different soups this week and collected your free veg seeds, come along to our Masterclass to learn how to Grow Your Own Soup! The Garden Terrace Café’s Head Chef will give you top tips about creating the perfect soup as well as insider information about how we make our famous focaccia! With advice about veg growing too you’ll have all the information you need to make 2014 the year you grow your own soup! Tickets cost £5. Please call us on 01386 701441 to book.

This wonderful event is part of Bite 2014 – the Cotswolds Food Festival – a week-long celebration of local food. Find out more by visiting www.thebite.co.uk.

Valentines Day. February 14th

If you’re looking for the perfect place to show someone how much you love them – why not choose Batsford? With spring-flowering bulbs carpeting the arboretum, gorgeous lunches and teas in the Garden Terrace Café and some of the best retail therapy around – it’s a one-stop-shop to romance this Valentine’s Day.

Snowdrop Week. February 22nd to March 2nd.

Weather-permitting, our snowdrops should be at their absolute peak of floral gorgeousness in the arboretum right now – a welcome harbinger of warmer days to come. Wander through drifts of aconites and snowdrops and spoil yourself with lunch or afternoon tea in the Garden Terrace Café and a spot of retail therapy – the perfect way to warm up again!

Snowdrops will also be available to buy ‘in the green’ in the Plant Centre. Check the website or call us on 01386 701441 for an update on snowdrop flowering!

March

Spring has finally sprung at Batsford with glorious spring flowering bulbs taking over as stars of the horticultural show. You’ll find bright yellow daffodils cascading down the hillsides in a blaze of sunshine yellow as well as a whole host of wild spring flowers. You may even glimpse the first of our Magnolia and Japanese flowering cherry trees beginning to bloom.

Make the most of your RHS membership in June when individual members get free entry to Batsford Arboretum for the whole month.

NGS Open Day. Sunday 2nd March.

A great day for visiting beautiful Batsford as we throw open our gates in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. It means all the entrance money will go towards the nursing, caring and gardening charities chosen by the NGS and is a great way to support local good causes. It’s also a great excuse to treat yourself to a slap up lunch or afternoon tea in the Garden Terrace Café and to browse our beautiful plant centre to get inspiration for the gardening year ahead!

Daffodil Week. 15th to 23rd March.

The perfect time to see our host of golden daffodils in all their spring glory! Wander through swathes of yellow and enjoy the spring sunshine from beneath our glorious tree canopy – starting to show signs of life again after the winter. Don’t miss a trip to the garden shop and plant centre where you’ll find everything you need to get a head start in the garden and allotment this spring.

Mothering Sunday. Sunday 30th March.

What better way to show Mum how much you love her than with a visit to Batsford Arboretum at the height of blowsy spring bulb colour? Even better Mum’s get free entry to the arboretum on their special day which means you can treat her to lunch or a spot of retail therapy while you’re here!

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