A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
A beautiful Magnolia
Magnolia campbellii is possibly the most magnificent of the Magnolias. This tree grows here at High Beeches almost on the roadside and rarely fails to flower. This year it is looking particularly superb due to the mild weather.
Magnolia campbellii is a native of the Himalayas and was probably first introduced to this country in 1865. It is thought to have flowered first at Veitch's Nursery in 1895. It is named after Dr Arthur or Archibold Campbell of Darjeeling who was appointed the first superintendent of the
sanitarium town of Darjeeling in 1839.
In 1849 he and Sir Joseph Hooker were
imprisoned by the mad Dewan of Sikkim
and had to be rescued by a British Team.
Campbell wrote many papers on Himalayan