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Open 9am–5pm, Mon–Sat, 1 Mar–31 Oct; 10.30am–4pm, Sun & BH; 9am–4pm, Mon–Sat, 1 Nov–28 Feb; Closed Easter and 24 Dec–2 Jan.

BLUEBELL ARBORETUM & NURSERY

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Annwell Lane
Smisby
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
LE65 2TA

400 yards south of Smisby Church. Follow brown tourist signs to arboretum.

9 acres (3.6ha)

Tel
01530 413700

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Admission

Non-member adult £5.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

National Gardening Scheme dates

Please see NGS website

Facilities

  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Mr Robert Vernon

Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery in Derbyshire has a fine collection of unusual trees and shrubs. The planting in the beautiful woodland garden started in 1992 and now covers an area of 3.6ha (9 acres). Although most of the large trees are still young - with the majority less than 24 years old - many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty with their form and habit, making the arboretum a beautiful woodland walk with rare plant treasures on display to entice the real enthusiasts.

Other features include many Prunus (cherry trees) and magnolias for their spring flower display, lots of cool leafy shade for a relaxing walk on hot summer days, many trees with excellent autumn colour and a collection of Betula (birch) planted for their stunning winter bark.

There are plenty of educational signs on display giving detailed information about the unusual plants in the gardens and most of the plants are available for sale from the adjoining specialist tree and shrub nursery - expert staff are on hand to give advice on how to grow these plants in visitors' own gardens.

Tea and coffee are available from the nursery office on request (no café on site). There are nearby pubs that serve good food at lunchtime and in the evening. Boots or wellies are recommended if visiting during or after very wet or frozen weather. Please be aware that despite the name, this is not a bluebell wood.

Plants of special interest

  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Wisteria

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