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The Great British Blossom Show

Batsford Arboretum

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! The Great British Blossom Show starts today across the British Isle with wonderful performances from Cherry trees, Plum trees, Apple trees and Hawthorn. The show lasts around 5 weeks or so and for millions of people in the British Isles (and bees) it will bring a smile.

Long before I started having an interest in plants, trees and shrubs I can remember walking among the blossom in Apple Orchards in Kent on balmy Spring Days. I can still see the rows of trees in my mind, a sea of pink, with a backdrop of green hills and broken cloud.
You can visit some of our well known gardens to see the Show, but you do not have to. Just by taking a car ride into the country you are likely to see great displays, in people’s gardens, parks and churchyards.
Walk through the streets of London and you will see blossom around almost every corner from many different trees.
In the centre of Edinburgh the Meadows Park comes alive around mid April where the paths are lined with Cherry Tree Blossom.
In Cardiff, Wales, Bute Park on the riverside and near the City Centre is just one of the places to see and relax amongst the blossom.
There are also magnificent displays in Gardens and you can find the best in Gardens featured on our guide. Here are some of our recommendations.

Batsford Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Savill Garden, Berkshire
Kew Gardens, London
Hillier Garden, Hampshire
Cothele Garden, Devon (National Trust)
Old Town Gardens, Swindon, Wiltshire
Nymans Garden, Sussex (NT)
Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Bodnant Garden (NT) North Wales  
RHS Wisley, Surrey
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh