Planting in our beautiful woodland garden was started in 1992 and it now covers an area of nine acres.
British native trees were first planted to provide much needed shelter on this site. Into the wood that this created were planted hundreds of the choice, rare and unusual plants in which we specialise.
Although most of the large trees are still young with the majority at under 20 years of age, many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty of form and habit and the arboretum has become a beautiful woodland walk with rare plant treasures on display to entice the real enthusiast!
Most of the plants on view in the arboretum are available for sale from the adjoining nursery and expert staff are to give information and advice.
|March - October||Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm (Sundays 10.30am to 4.30pm)|
|November - February||Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm (Closed on Sundays)|
|Closed: Dec 24th to Jan 2nd and on Easter Sunday|
We are on the Royal Horticultural Society list of recommended gardens to visit and R.H.S. members are admitted free of charge (on presenting a valid card)
With the exception of guide dogs, animals must be left in the owner's car, water bowls will be provided on request.
Tea and coffee is available from the nursery. Nearby pubs (<1 mile away) serve good food at lunchtime and in the evening.
Large car park with space for a coach. Toilet available.
Our lawns and grass paths can become slippy during or after rain or frosty weather. When visiting us, please wear sturdy footwear such as walking or Wellington boots.
Please be aware that despite our name, we are not a Bluebell wood!Please scroll down for seasonal garden photos
We are happy to lead guided tours of our gardens for groups of up to fifty people looking at plants with seasonal interest. These tours are lead by the garden owners, last for approx 2 ½ hours and include a cup of tea or coffee. The price also includes free access to the gardens for the rest of the day.
In the past we have conducted tours of the gardens for the International Dendrological Society Tours, Royal Horticultural Society and many other gardening groups. We can structure the tour for all levels of interest, from novice gardeners to rare plant enthusiasts!
In spring the tour will concentrate on plants with spring flowers or interesting foliage. Summer tours focus on a mixture of plants with interesting leaves, flowers, bark or habit. Autumn tours look at plants with exciting autumn colours and winter tours look at evergreen plants and those trees/shrubs with attractive, ornamental bark.
Please remember that all guided tours must be booked in advance!
Prices are as follows for groups:
To arrange a tour with us please call our office on (01530) 413700 to arrange a convenient date. We need to know the approximate time your group wished to arrive and how many people would be likely to attend (including the minimum number that will be present as an indicator for the price).
Springtime in Bluebell Arboretum is characterised by the emerging flowers of such beautiful plants as the yellow flowered Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' (Witch Hazel), or the carmine pink flowers of Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidon' (Japanese Flowering Apricot).
Other plants such as the early flowering Magnolias, Davidia (Pocket Handkerchief Tree), Prunus (Ornamental Cherry Trees), Daphne, Malus (Flowering Crab-apples), and Cercis (Judas Tree) complement the last of the winter stem colour
In the summer the arboretum is a lush, leafy and cool environment on all but the hottest of days. Plants such as the Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi' (Flowering Dogwood) with its beautiful pink bracts are spectacular in early to mid summer and Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' with its ruby red, heart-shaped leaves are particularly striking at this time of year
We regularly give private tours around the gardens in the long Summer evenings for gardening groups. If you are interested in arranging a guided walk, please telephone our office on (01530) 413700.
The gardens are particularly striking in Autumn. Many of the trees and shrubs here have been planted for their vivid autumn colours and fruit! In a normal year, the best time to visit for the colour is October although, when the weather in autumn is very mild the foliage can be at its best in early November.
The photos above are good examples of the leaf colour which can be seen in a typical autumn!Please feel free to telephone our office on (01530) 413700 and we can advise when the autumn colour in the arboretum should be at its best, based on the current conditions!
In Winter the arboretum changes yet again, with the focus now being on plants with attractive bark, winter flowers, sturdy evergreen foliage and architectural habit. At this time of year the gardens are particularly beautiful on a clear, frosty day!
Exciting trees and shrubs at this time of year include such treats as the delightful Acer tegmentosum with its jade green bark, striped with fine silver lines and our large selection of rare Betula (Birch) with an array of different stem colours, ranging from pure white and silver to pink and dark brown/black.
Warm clothes and sturdy footwear are a good idea at this time of year!
We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help tend our gardens and arboretum.
Working in our gardens with and near the unusual trees and shrubs is a great way to improve your plant knowledge and gain experience. The work in the garden is varied and at different times of year may include weeding, pruning, grass cutting and other general gardening jobs.
If you are interested in learning more please email us at email@example.com or call our office on (01530) 413700
An arboretum or woodland garden is a peaceful haven giving enjoyment and interest for decades and can be a surprisingly inexpensive project.
We are able to give advice on planting your own arboretum, from turning a small garden into a tree filled glade to planting up much larger areas for a striking woodland garden many acres in size.
We can visit your garden or grounds to advise on preparing the site, choosing trees and shrubs which will suit your particular area and we can even stand the trees out for you in position.
Prices vary depending upon the size of the project and if you are interested in this service, please email us or telephone our office on (01530) 413700 for further information and a no-obligation quote.
A detailed article about Bluebell Nursery creating new arboreta by Robin Lane Fox was featured in the Financial Times in 2005. Please click on the following link to read this: