The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is made up of a picturesque Victorian landscape full of important tree and shrub collections that are managed by the Forestry Commission. There are as many as fifteen thousand trees at Westonbirt which come from all over the globe. The Arboretum is famous for its spectacular display of autumnal colours, but is also known for its Spring displays of rhododendron, azalea and magnolia. This time of year however is the most popular, and invites children, adults and dogs to explore the grounds.
If you're planning to visit either during school holidays or on the weekend, then get there early. You will avoid the masses of children, buggies and families that seem to take over the entire site after about 12pm, and you will also be able to get some great photographs without having to wait for people to evacuate from the selfie hotspots. Look out for the 'Enchanted Christmas' event throughout December, which lights up the trees for the festive period. More information can be found here on their website.
As gardening and blogging about horticulture is a relatively new venture for me, I was concerned that by the end of September, I might struggle to provide content for my blog - especially colourful photographs. Of course the Autumn months bring with them vibrant oranges, reds and browns in the trees, but I never would have guessed that Autumnal plants could flower in such a vast range of pinks, blues and purples; colours which most of us might associate with the Summer months. Although the trees have started to change in colour, it will still be a couple of weeks for most of us before we see them at their most glorious. In the meantime, if you are looking to satisfy a need for colour, then the Picton Garden at Old Court Nurseries is the place to go.
The rich family history of the garden is evident in the nursery, where you can purchase from the collection of hundreds of different variations of michaelmas daisies, many of which are named after family members. The pink variations include other names such as 'pink lace', 'rufus', 'lassie' and 'prince'. The purple variations include 'superstar', 'purple dome' and 'fair lady'. The blues include 'little boy blue', 'blue bouquet' and 'sapphire'.
The volume of the collection is absolutely astounding and overwhelmingly beautiful; it didn't take long before my Mum and I were shopping the collection ourselves... To top it all off, the family and gardeners who work there are friendly and helpful, and will even give you directions to the local cafe, 'Cafe Morso' where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea and great cup of coffee.
More information about the garden and its open days can be found here. They are open every day from now until the 20th October, so make sure to plan your visit soon!
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!