Batsford Arboretum With Victoria

Leaving our new friends at Malvern was bittersweet. But there was more to see, and thanks to Victoria of Victoria’s Backyard, we were treated like royalty. We being good friend and co-innocent abroad Gail of Clay And Limestone and me. On the way to London from the Garden Bloggers Meet, we stopped at a delightful place for tea and touring. Batsford Arboretum, click here to view their site, is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds and one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the United Kingdom. Situated one and a quarter miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh (Gloucestershire – UK), Batsford Arboretum is tucked away on a south facing escarpment of the famous Cotswold Hills. It was a most beautiful spot.

One of the most striking trees we have ever seen was growing there. Batsford contains a large collection of mature specimens of Japanese Maples.

Very brilliant indeed.

Dawn redwoods

Chinese Foo Dog

Chinoiserie or Japanese red bridge

Chinese dragon atop…

…a lovely Rest House with the lovely Victoria resting comfortably on a bench. Please disregard the mirror image of a photographer wearing an appalling lavender raincoat. The creator of these gardens, Algernon Bertram Freeman – Mitford (later 1st Lord Redesdale) was influenced by trips to Asia and the gardens of China and Japan when designing this property.

Another fine Acer with a red accented bridge.

Another view of the same with signage and the lovely Victoria. I have to admit, I covet that hair clip! (And the hair.)

This place had a magnificent assortment of small conifers for sale, heart rending for those who could not bring any live plant material on the airplane trip back home to the US.

Even non plants could not be brought back, due to the weight issue. But what a bargain for seven pounds!

There had also been some of these for sale at the Malvern Show for a little bit more.

There were photos for inspiration and ideas taken of some planted troughs at a very famous garden the next day. But before we get to that, London.

To view our England trip’s other posts: (There is a permanent page on the sidebar containing the links to the England posts as well. Click England Trip-Two Innocents Abroad to view it.)

Living A Dream-Meeting In Malvern

Touring With Friends-Ledbury And Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire

An English Country Garden-Stockton Bury

Victoria’s Leap Of Faith

Sissinghurst Part One

Sissinghurst Part Two

Great Dixter-Finale


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18 Responses to Batsford Arboretum With Victoria

  1. Robin says:

    I have enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing your lovely pictures of the gardens! I’m sure you came back with many ideas to implement in your already beautiful gardens.

    Thanks Robin. I am so glad you are enjoying seeing the gardens we visited. The photos do not do them justice, to be honest. Lots of ideas were gathered, a way to put all those, 822! photos to use since there are way too many for posts. πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful gardens Frances – just think what the blooms in that first photo look like now – the alliums are out in bloom now and I have never seen so many planted in the one spot.

    Thanks, Rosie. They really had a lot of alliums in every garden. Gail and I were wondering if they deadhead them, or replant. I don’t always have good luck with subsequent years with the larger ones.

  3. Nicole says:

    What a lovely garden, and that first shot of the Japanese maples is fabulous. This garden is a delightful blend of English gardening with the Asian garden aesthetic.

    Thanks Nicole, for visiting along with us. This garden was different, hardly any bedding plants, but trees and vistas very well designed. All of the Japanese maples were amazing, but Brilliant was spectacular. πŸ™‚

  4. Sweet Bay says:

    Love the tulips against that brick wall. What atmosphere.

    Now THAT was a garden. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but so many photos were taken that we will have to do two posts at least to show it. And it was sunny. πŸ™‚

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Didn’t your wallet have palpitations since you couldn’t bring home any plants or stone troughs? I bet shipping prices are prohibitive too. What fond memories though. Such beautiful sights and inspirations.

    We were trying to convince ourselves that it was a great money saving to not be able to buy anything to bring home. But we did get these fabulous hand made woolen coats that were somewhat pricey. πŸ™‚ I want to make a small straddle like those out of hypertufa, just need to figure out the angle of the cuts of the wooden form. The top is just a bowl shape.

  6. Gail says:

    Great shots Frances, Wasn’t it a surprising garden~I thought it perfect…The purple beeches, the redwoods, and the Japanese Maples! Do you think they might listen if we suggest they move that badly placed sign post! The nursery was torture! Look at the rain coats~What a differences many thousands of miles make~it’s almost 90 here! xxgail

    Thanks Gail. I didn’t take as many photos here as some of the other places for some reason. The maples in particular were really nice, different types than what we see here, as in the Biltmore estate which has mostly the red cut leafs. I love Brillianissimum and will be on the lookout for it. Looking at the Batsford site, they had several shots of the bridge by the sign, but not the tree, maybe because the sign was in the way! It is record breaking heat here as well, must work outside at first light to get anything done before it is too hot. What a difference is right! πŸ™‚

  7. VP says:

    We were just a few miles from there today as we’ve had my niece and nephew to stay whilst their parents had a weekend with friends in a cottage in Moreton in Marsh. We were giving our precious charges back today, but sadly no Batsford trip for me, but to nearby Chedworth Roman Villa (ie educational) instead.

    We often pause in Moreton in Marsh on the way to seeing family up north and have often wondered what Batsford is like: Patient Gardener and I have it on our list of possible visits together in the future…

    Do go to Batsford, and make sure there is room in your car trunk! The plant selections were excellent. It was a charming area and seeing the trees and Chinese accents was a treat. Red bridges rock! You are a wonderful aunt, pronounced ahhhnt, I know. πŸ™‚

  8. Town Mouse says:

    Thanks so much for sharing you adventures! Too bad indeed, those stone planters just look great!

    It was the yin to the yang, Town Mouse. We were so lucky to be there, not being able to bring anything plants or heavy or even large stuff back was a leveler. One can only have so much good stuff without there being an offset, debits and credits, or plus and minuses. Glad you are enjoying the travelogue, we are on the downhill slide now, but lots of goodies yet to be shown. πŸ™‚

  9. Jenny B says:

    Dear Lady in Lavender, Love those Japanese Maples. The shot of the leaves is fantastic. The red bridge was very striking…as was the lovely Victoria (and that awesome clippy). I foresee a “how-to” post on making concrete troughs–and weren’t those mushrooms the cutest?

    Glad you liked the clip too, Jenny! The maple was really outstanding and shouldn’t all bridges be painted red? lol I am more likely to do the straddle piece, the mushroom as I already made a whole bunch of troughs a couple of years ago for the family and am burned out on them. Although a rectangle that was a little deeper would certainly be nice. Never say never is a good philosophy. The straddles were used to hold small buildings like chicken coops off the ground. I wonder if the small ones are for the troughs? Must cogitate on it. πŸ™‚

  10. Phillip says:

    How beautiful, another Japanese maple for the wishlist.

    This one is going on my wishlist too, Phillip. It was like nothing I have ever seen. The photo does not do it justice, it shone like a large jewel in this garden.

  11. Tatyana says:

    Love everything, but for me, nothing can beat an old brick wall with beautiful flowers in front of it…

    Thanks Tatyana. The old walls made everything look magical. And the sun was shining that day. Brilliant! Or the latest superlative, pahhhhfect! πŸ™‚

  12. That Japanese maple “brilliantisimum” is outstanding – never seen one like it before. How you could resist the concrete mushrooms I’ll never know. But there is such as thing as weight limits.

    Hi Heather, thanks. The maple is new to me and will be added to the wish list. The leaf color was incredibly bright, the photos are not showing the true color very well, it was aglow. πŸ™‚

  13. Very cool! That maple is stunning. The underneath the canopy shot of the leaf veining is what caught my eye. I also have that bridge (and others like it) stuck in my head for a future project…

    Thanks Dave. I can see you building a bridge and painting it red! πŸ™‚

  14. Another wonderful garden you visited!

    Isn’t it difficult to see things in Europe and not be able to bring them home! There’s a shop outside Boone that has saddle stones, chimney pots and such that I’ve coveted, but the prices are high as they are salvaged/antiques from the UK.

    Thanks Cameron. It was difficult to not buy those things, as some seemed very well priced, especially the plants. But we will look for them here, and the staddle stone might be a summer project with the hypertufa. πŸ™‚

  15. Turling says:

    Absolutely beautiful. It was quite a trip you had.

    Thanks Turling. It was the trip of a lifetime. πŸ™‚

  16. Anna says:

    We will be visiting Prince Charles’s garden in Gloucestershire through my garden club in August Frances and hope to get to Batsford too. It looks a most interesting spot. You would have been most warm if Malvern had been this weekend πŸ™‚

    Oh oh oh, that garden is one I have always admired, have the book about it, The Elements Of Organic Gardening. How lucky you are, do take loads of photos, bring extra batteries! Batsford was about trees, and they had some beauties. Warm Malvern? Hard to imagine. lol πŸ™‚

  17. I bet Batsford is stunning in Autumn too.

    Hypertufa inspiration indeed.

    talking hypertufa, I had another look at the post you did on it and had a go. I did a football sphere and a half sphere to act as a little plinth.


    The photos from the Batsford site showed some fabulous colors in fall, probably their best season. I am so happy about your football, assuming you mean a soccer ball. Having a little base is brilliant, or as they now say, puuuurfect! πŸ™‚

  18. Rose says:

    You’ve convinced me, Frances–I’ve got to start squirreling away some money for a trip to England! I visited a Chinese garden in Portland two weeks ago while visiting Daughter–I recognize those poetry inscriptions!

    Thanks Rose. You will be blown away by England, even with all the study I did, seeing it for real was the penultimate experience. I have read several articles about those gardens in Portland, the stone work was amazing. πŸ™‚

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