Campbellii garden

A carpet of pink snow from fallen Magnolia campbellii petals © National Trust/Marina Rule

A carpet of pink snow from fallen Magnolia campbellii petals

This area of the garden is home to the most spectacular of Trengwainton's stunning magnolias: the Magnolia campbellii was planted as a five year old tree in 1926 and when in flower, she's a magnificent old lady indeed.

Large, waxy, rose pink flowers smother the tree in early February and March.  With no leaves to dilute the intensity of the colour, a truly magical experience is to walk underneath the Magnolia campbellii on a sunny day.  Looking up, what you see are its exotic flowers set against clear blue skies -  breathtaking.

As the petals begin to fall and cover the ground below, it's as if you're walking through pink snow.