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March and April at Batsford Arboretum

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Good old Mother Nature has been at it again! As well as providing us with the wettest start to the year for centuries – it’s also been incredibly mild, which means once again it’s been a challenge to predict when things like our gorgeous snowdrops will be at their blooming best!

They’ve been wowing visitors for the past couple of weeks thanks to the milder temperatures but should still be looking good until the end of February – fingers crossed!

March is a wonderful month for visitors to the arboretum – with hints of warmer days to come on those rare days of sunshine and a whole host of gorgeous spring flowering bulbs doing their thing: aconites, hellebores and then swathes of beautiful golden daffodils – a treat to the eye after such a long, cold – and wet winter!

Spring is a lovely time of year in the Garden Shop and Plant Centre too! There’s a definite air of excitement as new ranges of flower and vegetable seeds, summer flowering bulbs and seed potatoes start to arrive – offering the promise of a bumper gardening year to come. You can also pick up 9cm pots of herbaceous perennials in the plant centre. These little beauties will quickly catch up with their larger and more expensive cousins which will be in stock a little later in the spring and are fantastic value for money.

We have some lovely events planned for Easter including advice about attracting wildlife to your garden in our special Living Gardens Days over the Easter Weekend and our very popular Big Batsford Chicken Hunt for the kids! Or you might prefer just to enjoy some spring sunshine from the deck of the Garden Terrace Café while treating yourself to a cheeky cake, lunch or afternoon tea!

Whatever your plans for the holidays, here’s hoping for some drier and warmer weather so we can all get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Batsford is open every day of the year and is just a mile from the historic marketing town of Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the north Cotswolds.

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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March and April events at Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre.

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!

April

The arboretum takes on a bridal aspect as the beautiful blossom takes centre stage! Wander through our national collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees be-decked in clouds of pink in every shade possible as well as the larger than life blooms of our 73 species of Magnolia! With the new season’s bedding and a fantastic range of plants and gardening sundries in the Garden Shop and Plant Centre – we’ve also everything you need for the gardening and allotmenteering year ahead!

We’re open free to individual RHS members all through April – the perfect time to see us in full bloom. Just show us your membership card at the entrance.

The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt - 5th – 27th April.

You’ve heard of an Easter Egg hunt – now find the chickens that laid them! They’re all hiding in the arboretum – simply mark their locations on our map to win a prize! The Chicken Hunt costs £2.50 per child (plus Arboretum entrance fee) and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required – just turn up and enjoy!

Flowering Cherries in Full Bloom! 12th – 30th April.

We’re blossom-tastic as our beautiful National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries take over as the stars of the show in the arboretum. A riot of every shade of pink you can think of, they should be at their blooming best during these two weeks. Arboretum entrance fee applies.

Easter Weekend at Batsford. Living Gardens Days

Good Friday (April 18th) and Easter Saturday (April 19th) 11am – 3pm.

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about attracting wildlife to your garden. Experts from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be on hand with free advice and tips about the best plants to buy to provide the perfect environment for birds, insects and wildlife and there’ll also be children’s activities to keep the little ones occupied while you find out more. With fabulous new ranges of plants in the garden centre – it’s the perfect time to discover more about wildlife-friendly gardening.

Make the most of the long Easter Weekend with a visit to Batsford - buzzing with everything you need for the gardening year ahead. The Arboretum is in full blossom and the Garden Shop and Plant Centre are full to bursting with gardening sundries and fabulous plants to get you off to a great start in the garden or allotment this spring.

Dawn Chorus Wild Walk - Saturday 26th April. 4am!

Alarm clocks at the ready – this event is quite literally only for the early birds! Join Batsford birding expert Arthur Ball for a stroll through the arboretum just before dawn to be ready to hear the beautiful dawn chorus. With more than forty years’ experience, Arthur will keep you informed and entertained about our native and visiting birds and help you identify them through their song. Tickets include a bacon roll and coffee in the Visitor Centre afterwards. Please bring binoculars, sturdy footwear and a torch! Tickets cost £12 and must be booked in advance by calling us on 01386 701441.

World Tai Chi Day at Batsford Saturday 26th April. 11am to 12pm.

Intrigued by the ancient art of Tai Chi – or fancy helping us celebrate World Tai Chi Day under the blossom at Batsford? Join the experts as they demonstrate this fantastic form of exercise for all ages and have a go yourself. This free session is a great introduction to Tai Chi and includes entry to the arboretum, which will be at its blowsy spring blossom peak! Please call us to put your name down for this lovely free event in the arboretum.

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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