Westonbirt – the National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, will host two important collections of plant and tree images throughout April and May.
The International Garden Photographer of the Year and the Global Gardeners exhibitions will provide visitors with illustrations from the Victorian plant hunting era and spectacular recent photography of trees from around the world.
Simon Hough, events manager at Westonbirt commented: "This is a great opportunity for visitors to experience both the past and present of Westonbirt.
"Victorian plant hunters introduced many of the species found at the National Arboretum today, which in turn provide the subjects of spectacular photography today."
In a collection compiled especially for the National Arboretum, the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition will feature all tree category finalists from the last two years of the prestigious competition.
The first International Garden Photographer of the Year competition took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in May 2008 and quickly established itself as the world’s premier garden and plant photography event. Kew will again host the winners and finalists from the third competition this year.
The Global Gardeners exhibition is travelling display of illustrations from plant collectors of the past and is on loan from Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Westonbirt has strong historical connections with the Global Gardeners exhibition. The tree collection benefited greatly from the work of prolific collectors of the Victorian era. Westonbirt is still actively involved in plant collecting through regular collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank on expeditions.
Both exhibitions are free to view after admission. The International Garden Photographer of the Year finalists will be displayed on the historic Downs area of the arboretum, whilst the Global Gardeners exhibition will be displayed in the education centre. Visit on a Wednesday in April and May and take advantage of half price admissions.
For further information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.