Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Swadlincote

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Bluebell Arboretum is an arboretum and associated plant nursery near the village of Smisby in South Derbyshire, England. It is a Royal Horticultural Society recommended garden, comprising a large selection of rare trees, shrubs and climbers growing in a woodland garden. Planting was started by the owners, Suzette and Robert Vernon (a Royal Horticultural Society committee member and Chelsea Flower Show judge) in 1992 on what was then a six acre (2.2 hectare) meadow, just under 500 feet (150 metres) above sea level. The arboretum was officially opened by Roy Lancaster, OBE VMH in 1997, and has since been expanded and is now open to the public throughgout the year, excluding Sundays during the winter months.In the garden emphasis is placed on its educational potential; its collection is extensive and well-labelled and there are many posters describing points of botanical/ecological interest, designed to stimulate further interest in trees, especially amongst younger visitors. The collection includes numerous species and cultivars from Northern Asia, North America and other temperate regions around the world; it includes cultivars of Cornus kousa (Chinese dogwood), Liquidambar styraciflua (American sweetgum), Liriodendron (tulip tree) and various Betula (birch) species, as well as other woody plants from many different genera.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Not quite as good as when the now old couple were in charge. The trees are either very well labelled or not at all. Excellent nursery. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    It is clear when you read the online information that this is an arboretum, pure and simple. But on a sunny day visiting here proved a genuinely enjoyable experience, with excellent information boards...  more »
  • April 27, 2017
    This tree nursery is amazing. There are many usual and unusual trees in the grounds, labelled not only with their names but also with interesting details and stories about them. The grounds are well k...  more »
  • Excellent personal service and advice. Plants exceptionally well protected and packed for postal transit. Excellent seller. Very happy. Thank you.
  • Very friendly welcome. A beautiful garden. Will return often.
  • Amazing plants ! Best of the best :) Plamena Nedeva, Bulgaria
  • Fantastic advice and service. This experience has shown me the true quality of great customer service.I will use this internet "Nursery" over and over again.....and hopefully in the future get a chance to visit. Thank you ever so much !!!! Cresetta.
  • Although I only purchased one small tree I felt that I was being treated as a most valued customer. The advice, service and tree all perfect.

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