Blog - Botanical

Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: radiant Rhododendrons!

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

Among the numerous Rhododendron species and cultivars in flower here currently, are two 'firsts' for Westonbirt.

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: fantastic foliar flushes!

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

Amid the endless shades of green seen as fresh foliage emerges, are equally wonderful tones of pink, purple and red, as some of our trees put on a colour show equal to that of autumn.

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: cheerful cherries

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

Some of you will know that our Prunus sargentii on Broad Drive is looking rather good just at the moment. Photographs posted to Facebook last week illustrated this nicely I took a few more this morning confirming that this is still the case!...

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: awesome Acers

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

There is so much to excite here at Westonbirt just now - far too much to mention them all here so I have chosen to highlight just a few of the Acer species along Broad drive, which are perhaps more subtle in their flowering beauty.

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: Azara microphylla

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

The beauty of spring is definitely unfolding at Westonbirt (even if it has turned a little bit chilly again!) and one of the many highlights is Azara microphylla, which is in flower right now.

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Dendrologist Dan’s spring stunners: Magnolia campbellii

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Spring things are really getting going here at Westonbirt right now.

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners: eye catching catkins!

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

Quite a different theme this week. We are all drawn towards different things at different times, and for me, today it was the awesome Alders!...

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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners!

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Spring is springing here at Westonbirt, with our trees waking up (some before others!) and providing us with spectacular floral and foliage displays for all to enjoy.

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An autumn walk with...

Posted in: Blog Botanical Autumn

An Australian colleague of mine has recently moved back down under, and before he departed I asked him what he would most miss about living in the UK.

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We are more than the trees; we are flowers, butterflies and bees

Yesterday was my second guided walk. A different topic this time and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend 2 hours in the sunshine than looking at wildflowers.

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A wonderful guided walk

I am new to the arboretum, after only starting here a couple of days ago and feeling very ‘unknowledgeable’ about the beauty within the fold, I decided to sign up for a guided walk.

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Spring colour: what's looking good now?

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The sun has come out and the weather has warmed up - and most importantly, the spring colour has bounced into life!...

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A sure sign spring has arrived: the pink blooms of Westonbirt’s Diva magnolia are here!

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

Westonbirt’s bright pink symbol of spring – the 24 metre tall Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ has finally flowered - a month later than last year due to the cold start to spring.

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A funny kind of spring? Not really...

Posted in: Blog Botanical Spring

People say "funny kind of spring, isn't it?" to which I usually reply, "Not really, just like all of them, different from any other!" That's just the way it is in this part of the world.

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A winter walk with Westonbirt's curator

Isn't it funny how normally familiar surroundings can appear very different throughout the seasons...

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