The South West is fortunate to have a profusion of gardens to rival some of the best worldwide and one of my personal favourites is the National Trust property "Overbecks" in Salcombe South Devon.
Essential to any visit to Overbecks in the Spring is the magnificent 110 year old Magnolia which dominates the sub tropical gardens surrounding the property. It has its own cultivar name of "Overbecks" because it is a much more intense pink than the usual Magnolia Campbellii.
My visit to Overbecks last Sunday took place on a glorious sunny Spring day.Although some damage had occurred after a recent sharp frost and following the very cold winter it still proved to be magnificent sight. The gardens comprise a wonderful range of exotic palms,banana plants as well as other unusual shrubs and trees. Many of the Echiums have taken a battering but some are surviving in the more sheltered spots.
The Victorian building iteslf is in good order and is well worth a visit in itself but the conservatory has sadly fallen into disrepair. The National Trust have launched an appeal to raise £75000 to restore the conservatory to its former state. This is a most worthwhilke project which will enable the building to once more complement its outstanding natural setting.