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Visit to Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury.

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The weather was just right for a visit to the Arboretum today….we had to pre book but able to stay all day.

The Arboretum was started in the Victorian time by a Robert Holford at a time when plant hunting was very popular. 600 acres in total.Ample space not to have to compete with crowds.
The Acer Palmatums dissectum were on fire….we were a little too early for the Azaleas but welcomed the couple of Magnolia trees still in full bloom.

The photo below shows the very strange way an Acer has grown in a very distorted manner.The lower branch has rooted in the ground at the bend as a result produced a continuous branch upwards.

The tree below reminded me of the Scottish Highland cows with their long coats.


The label below shows the details of the enormous Californian Cupressa tree below.


We were pleased to discover a coffee and snack area after a couple of hours. The veranda of the restaurant had a glorious view.
Hope you enjoyed the photos. Well worth a visit if you are anywhere near.From May there is no need to pre book.

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Thank you Julia … what a beautiful place. I must post my painting of Westonbirt for you …

24 Apr, 2022

 

Wondeful trees.

24 Apr, 2022

 

What a glorious place!

24 Apr, 2022

 

Beautiful spot.

25 Apr, 2022

 

I love arboretums, thank you for sharing this one with us.

25 Apr, 2022

 

So pleased you all enjoyed the Arboretum.

25 Apr, 2022

 

Thanks for sharing this with us, Julia! A beautiful arboretum indeed! It looks a very serene place..love the acers! Such amazing colours!

25 Apr, 2022

 

And I loved the comment about the tree being like those Scottish Highland cows … so true!

25 Apr, 2022

 

This place is a favourite with us. It is particularly stunning in the autumn when all the acers colour-up. I haven't been for a while, so your blog. has prompted me to get on with it! Thank you, Meadow.

25 Apr, 2022

 

Thank you,Kate,Sheila and Ang I hope you can make it sooner than later.

25 Apr, 2022

 

Superb collection of photos of a wonderful place to visit. The first photo is just splendid.

25 Apr, 2022

 

Just catching up! Busy weekend with my family!
I loved all the trees but the one you said reminded you of Shetland cows was so strange!
All the colours on the acers were brilliant!
Thank you for sharing this with us!

26 Apr, 2022

 

Many thanks Chris and Rose...a lovely day out.

26 Apr, 2022

 

Lovely blog. I agree about the Highland cattle tree! I visited once, along time ago, in the late 80’s, it was mid summer, nothing in flower that I remember but magnificent trees which I love.

26 Apr, 2022

 

What a beautiful place to while away a few hours Julia, those acers are stunning, I love such places and take hours wandering amongst the trees, even more so when I can find the history of them, I'm also a tree hugger, to me the one you likened to a highland cattle looks like a rather large centipede with very long feelers, not something I'd like to see in the dark or fog, I have a very vivid imagination and it can run away with me..LOL. Great photo's..x

27 Apr, 2022

 

Just had another look. Its as good as therapy!

28 Apr, 2022

 

Ah,that's good to hear,Stera...thank you.
Lincs and FF thank you for looking and pleased the blog has brought a beautiful place nearer to you.

28 Apr, 2022

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