Overbeck’s National Trust Salcombe opens its doors for Valentine’s weekend on Saturday 13 February.
The team of staff and volunteers at the National Trust house and garden perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe are happy to announce that the recent torrential rain and howling winds have not deterred their ‘mother’ and ‘daughter’ Magnolia campbellii Overbecks from heralding the beginning of spring. Already in bloom, the trees produce very large dense flowers with a deep pink flush at the base.
Lucinda Heron, the new operations manager, says she is very excited to see the beautiful blooms defying the weather and can understand why visitors are always so delighted when they get the chance to see them in all their glory.
The ‘mother’ tree collapsed in 1999 but miraculously formed regrowth and reshaped itself. The ‘daughter’ tree, whose seed was taken from the ‘Mother’ tree at Overbeck’s, first started flowering in January 1950.
Visitors start enquiring from January as to the well-being of the trees, with outings planned especially to enjoy their splendour and to take photographs.
Lucinda Heron, says: “We are hoping that some of the visitors will submit their photographs into our very own Overbeck’s Garden Photographer of the year competition, running from 13 February to the 31 July. All ages are welcome to enter.
“If you need any tips to help you take that special photo, then come and have a look at our International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, running from 1 March to 31 May.”
Overbeck’s is open from 11am to 5pm every day until 30 October.
(from a press release)