The magnolias in the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden have been nothing short of spectacular this year. If you’re a local BPotD reader and haven’t had a chance to visit the garden, plan a trip before the end of this upcoming weekend to catch the tail end of the peak bloom — a few of the earliest flowering trees are starting to fade.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Borde Hill’ has been delighting many of us in the garden for the past two and a half weeks. My former office had this view from the window (photograph of entire tree from 2006), but this year, the plant seems to have twice as many blossoms.
The cultivar name is in reference to the UK’s Borde Hill Garden. This cultivar was described in 1955, according to the Magnolia cultivar checklist from the Magnolia Society. UBC Botanical Garden received this plant as a scion in 1982 from Trewithen Gardens.