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It’s been an amazing start to the year thanks to the incredibly mild weather compared with last year and we’ve been enjoying a fabulous display in the arboretum from the spring flowering bulbs, blossom and magnolias.

The Garden Shop and Plant Centre are buzzing with people keen to bring new life to their gardens this summer. We’ve an amazing range of plants as well as all the gardening sundries needed to keep your garden in tip top condition.

By early May much of the blowsy blossom will be over, replaced instead by the beautiful native wildflowers – from gorgeous wild garlic to bluebells and muscari, camassias and gorgeous orchids – as well as the star of our show – our famous Davidia Tree. Known as the Pocket Handkerchief Tree, this huge specimen is a popular attraction at Batsford, covered as it is with thousands of white bracts that resemble handkerchiefs blowing in the early summer breeze.

May and June are wonderful months at Batsford Arboretum – the chance to stroll beneath the green tree canopy through the flowers or to sit and relax in the early summer sunshine. We also recognise your dog is part of your family which is why we welcome them on a lead in both the arboretum and in the visitor centre including the café.

If you’re just looking for somewhere to enjoy glorious views with an equally glorious home baked lunch or afternoon tea, pop along to the Garden Terrace Café where you can soak up the sunshine and the atmosphere from the wooden deck overlooking the Plant Centre. Or enjoy a spot of retail therapy by visiting the Gift Shop, our very own woodturner Roger or The Applestore – home to an amazing array of shabby chic furniture and vintage finds.

Whatever your reason for visiting, there’s something for everyone at beautiful Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre.

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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May and June events at Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre.

It’s Davidia time at Batsford when our famous tree blooms its little heart out! See for yourself the thousands of white handkerchief-life bracts that give it its common name the Pocket Handkerchief Tree! Wander through glades of brightly coloured bluebells and muscari, drifts of wild garlic, and a whole host of native wildflowers – a favourite for local wildlife and insects. You’ll also find evergreen magnolias and beautiful herbaceous plants bordering the pools and streams meandering their way through the arboretum.

Early and Late May Bank Holidays.

May 5th and May 26th.
Bank Holidays were made for relaxing with friends in beautiful places and preparing for the gardening year ahead – so what better place to visit than Batsford? We’re bursting at the seams with wonderful plants as well as everything you need for the gardening and allotmenteering year ahead.

Tai Chi for all.

Bank holiday Monday, 5th May. 2 – 3pm.
Join tutor and author Neil Hall for a free taster session under the tree canopy at Batsford Arboretum. It’s a great chance to find out about this gentle, effective form of exercise which is great for de-stressing and suitable for all ages and abilities. Call us on 01386 701441 to reserve your space on this free session, which includes entry to the arboretum. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you wear loose-fitting clothing and light shoes.

Davidia Delights.

May 17th to June 1st.
Prepare to be amazed by what’s widely regarded as one of the country’s oldest and finest Davidia Trees right here in Batsford Arboretum. It’s completely covered in thousands of white handkerchief-like bracts which give this amazing tree its common name of the Pocket Handkerchief Tree. We’re confident you’ll be blown away by its beauty!

Living Rivers Day.

May 26th – Bank Holiday Monday. 11am to 3pm.
Our rivers provide a vital life source for local wildlife but are increasingly under threat of pollution. Visit Batsford on our Living Rivers Day to find out more about these important natural resources. Discover what happens when Mr Toad starts a new laundry business with our outdoor theatre performances and then have a look at some of the creatures that live in Batsford’s streams and ponds. Shows take place at 12pm and 1.30pm with river-dipping between 11am and 3pm. Arboretum entrance fee applies.

Over 60’s Tai Chi Taster Day.

Wednesday 4th June, 11am–12pm
Looking to stay active well into old age? Join tutor and author Neil Hall for a taste of the ancient art of Tai Chi - a great form of exercise for all ages. Tai Chi involves flowing movements which can help keep joints supple and bodies in peak physical health. Our free Over 60’s Tai Chi Taster Day is specifically aimed at the more mature and includes entry to the arboretum. Places are limited so call us on 01386 701441 to reserve your space on this free session and please make sure you wear loose-fitting clothing and light shoes.

Father’s Day.

Sunday June 15th.
There’s free entry to the arboretum for all Dad’s on their special day – the perfect excuse to treat them to a summer walk followed by a slap up home-baked lunch of afternoon tea in the sunshine on the deck of the Garden Terrace Café.

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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