Plant Collectors’ Fair At Arley Arboretum

Set within a walled garden above the River Severn on the Worcestershire border is one of the oldest and finest arboreta in Britain. It was begun around 1800 by Earl Mountnorris who owned the Upper Arley village estate. But by the 1950s both arboretum and the village cottages had fallen into neglect. Enter Roger Turner, Midlands philanthropist and iron and steel man. He set about restoring the arboretum and brought Arley village back to life, repairing properties, building new homes and a community centre. When he died in 1999, the estate was left to his Charitable Trust. The arboretum was first opened to the public in 2002, its objectives both recreational and educational. So could one a imagine a lovelier venue for last Saturday’s gathering of nurserymen and women all selling their very special garden plants?

The fair was set up just outside the walled garden entrance and overlooking the parkland. For the small price of £2.50 you could go to the fair and spend the whole day in the arboretum.

And then into the arboretum:

 

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Arley Aboretum and Upper Arley village for more information.

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34 thoughts on “Plant Collectors’ Fair At Arley Arboretum

  1. I have only been there in autumn which was lovely as you can imagine, but spring is also a good time to visit an arboretum it seems. The horse chestnut and the wisteria look magnificent. So what did you buy?

    1. Oh yes. I’d forgotten. Kenyan plant nurseries are beautiful. There used to be one on the side of the road not far from our house in Lavington. I remember coming home with the most beautiful datura. Moon lilies!

  2. That was wonderful. Almost as good as being there. I want a couple of those chickens, but I think my dogs would think they were prey. So they would have to be really huge chickens to beat back the dogs 😀

    1. It was hard not to want everything. I bought I white petalled phlox with a purple eye, a bluey mauve phlox – neither in flower yet, a claret coloured astrantia because I like that papery starlike flowers, and a very blue scabious, also not flowering yet. But my small garden beds at the house are bursting, and there’s only so much creeping into the farm field one can do…or is there…

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