The first thing you might notice when visiting the arboretum in May is the pungent smell of garlic wafting on the breeze emanating from the carpet of Wild Garlic laid in swathes among the trees.
As you wander to the other end of the garden the scent and the scene change as you discover a shady glade of Bluebells. At the edge of the glade you will find an island of yellow as Marsh Marigolds nestle in the shallow waters of the ‘Swamp’, a perfect hiding place for the 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.
Wild garlic - just follow the aroma to ignite your senses.
A spring garden with bluebells adorning Church Piece.
18th - 31st May - Davidia Delights. Batsford's famous tree at it's very best.
Don't miss our Bat Walk on May 23rd. Book by calling 01386 701441.
Purchase your own ‘Handkerchief Tree’ on sale at the garden centre.
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