May in the Arboretum
Visitors this May are in for a treat – as the extreme cold of the winter and spring has delayed flowering of our beautiful Japanese cherry collection and Magnolias. It means, with some later flowering daffodils also in full bloom, spring is spectacular at Batsford this year.
Later the blowsy glory of the blossom will be replaced by the pungent smell of garlic wafting on the breeze and the sight of shady glades of bluebells. Don’t miss the fabulous bright yellows of the Marsh Marigolds in the shallow waters of the Swamp – a perfect hiding place for frogs and newts.
From mid-May for about three weeks you will be able to marvel at our famous old Davidia. Thousands of white handkerchief-like bracts, hang from the branches as if left out to dry in the breeze. Known to many as the ‘Handkerchief Tree’ it is one of the biggest and oldest in the country and you can buy your own in the Plant Centre to take home with you.
Don’t forget to book for our Bat Walk on May 23rd and our Kids Gardening Event on May 29th when youngsters can learn more about gardening with wildlife in mind. Visit our events page for more information.