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Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Swadlincote

(4.7/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Lovely place with great staff. Massive variety of trees. Pick a sunny day and take a picnic with you, and enjoy a super day out.  more »
  • If you like trees you'll love this amazing place. Full of beautiful and unusual trees it would be lovely at any time of year. We went for the autumn colour, but trees are beautiful at any time. There ...  more »
  • We have visited this area on five previous occasions and always driven past the arboretum but never stopped. This time we did stop and are very glad we did. The walk round the arboretum was informativ...  more »
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  • Travelled here today as I wanted to see the styrax japonica purple dress in situ, I had putchased one of these from the Bluebell nursery stand at gardeners world Birmingham. Wasn't disappointed, lovely arboretum and very helpful, knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • I ordered two ornamental trees from here and as I was a first timer with this nursery I didn't know what to expect as I live in central Scotland. The day after my order was placed I received a phone call to explain the condition of the plants and how to care for them when they arrived. The plants duly arrived extremely well packaged and in excellent condition. I am delighted with my service, will certainly be using them again and will recommend all my friends.
  • I ordered a particularly hard to find small tree from Bluebell Nursery on a Tuesday. The same day I received a call checking and confirming delivery instructions and also offering advice and growing instructions. I was asked if it would be o.k. to deliver on the Wednesday or Thursday. To my immense pleasure the tree was delivered on the Wednesday, superbly packaged and with all the buds protected from damage. I cannot rate this company any higher and heartily award 5 stars for service. I look forward now to visiting the Nursery and looking around the Arboretum.