Expedition to Abbotsbury

Posted: 30 Aug 2008

A great EPS meeting on Sunday 24th August took place to the sub tropical garden at Abbotsbury in Dorset.

I had never been and was thrilled to get the chance to see this famous garden. In the hands of curator Stephen Griffith there have been many, many new exotic plants put into the garden over the last few years. The garden has an amazing feel too, being one of those humid and sheltered spots where you can feel plants growing. Testament to the climate there and the intrepid nature of Stephen there are palms such has Howea, outside 3 years, X Butia Syagrus and a super Trachycarpus martianus.

The garden is home to rare trees too, many of which are grown nowhere else to my knowledge outside their homeland, which for many species is China.

We had the time of Stephen over 3 hours to show us around the garden which was incredible as we would have missed many plants without his help to identify and point them out to us. Luckily the early morning rain stopped in time and we had sunshine for the visit!

A trip to see the view of the Jurassic coastline was great too from a vantage point that you reach from the middle of the garden. Amazing views of the coastline.

Everyone had a superb day and one we will all remember for a long time!!!

The jungle trail!
The jungle trail!

Abbotsbury garden
Abbotsbury garden

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