The staff and volunteers at Overbeck’s have to announced that the recent howling winds have not deterred the heralding of spring in the National Trust garden perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe
Already well in bloom, the ‘mother’ and ‘daughter’ Magnolia Campbellii Overbecks produce very large blousy flowers with a deep pink flush at the base. The ‘mother’ tree collapsed in 1999 but, miraculously, formed regrowth and reshaped itself; while the ‘daughter’ tree, whose seed was taken from the ‘Mother’ tree, 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. Samuel Elliot, the longest standing gardener at Overbeck’s, says: ‘The ‘Mother’ tree is looking at its loveliest, so I’m delighted to see that visitors are getting the opportunity to see her in all her glory once again.’
Operations manager, Lucinda Heron, said: ‘We are hoping that some of the visitors will submit their photographs into our very own photography competition entitled Curiosities of Overbeck’s Garden, running from 1 March to 30 September. All ages are welcome to enter. If you need any tips to help you take that special photo, then come and see the exhibition of last year’s entries, running until 31 May.’
Overbeck’s is open from 11am to 5pm every day until 29 October.
(from a press release)