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A Festival of Blossom

In the foreground there is a branch with white cherry blossom. The Cherryburn museum, an 18th century farmhouse is in the background.
Blossom at Cherryburn | © Rachel Ladd

Connect with nature as blossom bursts into life at Cherryburn.

We're celebrating Blossom at Cherryburn this spring with a Festival of Blossom on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April.

The garden at Cherryburn has cherry, pear, plum and apple blossom as well as hawthorn and blackthorn.

Visitors are invited to sit and enjoy the blossom in a quiet spot, bring some lunch and picnic under the trees or take part in one of our blossom acrivities.

We'll have blossom bathing in hammocks under the trees and our gardener Jordan will be available for "ask the gardener" sessions and will host a potting station plus seed giveaway.

We'll also be inviting visitors to write a nature-based Haiku and hang the poems in the garden. We'll share some inpiraton with poems by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage as well as have-a-go-haikus from our own staff team.

Blossom is a beautiful sight but did you know it's also an early food source for pollinators? Bees use up their stored honey over winter and blossom provides and important early nectar source.

The bees return the favour as they travel from blossom to blossom, collecting nectar and moving it from male parts of the flower (stamens) to other flowers and their female parts (pistils). Look out for these hard working insects on your visit to Cherryburn.

Transparent flower seeds with grey sky in the background

Cherryburn Garden Project – a place for nature and people to thrive 

Discover an accessible garden attracting bees and butterflies and characteristic of the natural landscape as Thomas Bewick would have experienced it.

Two adults and two children bend over a table looking at leaflets at Cherryburn with museum cabinets in the background.

Things to do at Cherryburn 

There’s lots to discover at the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, from watching a printing demonstration and seeing his intricate artworks to spending time in the tranquil garden.