On Saturday, January 18, 2014, the 68th Annual Camellia Show and Festival takes place at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park. This is the largest camellia show in the Southeastern U.S. featuring hundreds of competition blooms that can be viewed up close. Join other gardening enthusiasts at this free event learning about and celebrating the lovely Camellia plant. There will be a classes, garden tours, plants and merchandise for sale and lots more.
Camellias are one of the most popular winter and spring flowering shrubs and grow very well in Florida's climate and soil. They will grow in gardens as well as containers of ericaceous (acidic) potting soil. Blooms range in color from white through pink shades to red, have five to nine petals and in some varieties they can be nearly 5 inches in diameter.
The Jerry Conrad Memorial Camellia garden will be dedicated at 2:00 p.m. to honor his contribution to the world of camellias as a renowned Central Florida camellia grower and as the impetus for development and propagation of camellias across the nation. Ben George, a member of The Camellia Society of Central Florida (CSCF), donated a collection of bushes for the garden and Conrad's brother, Russ, gave Mead Botanical Gardens more than 350 of Conrad's camellia bushes which have been planted throughout the gardens.
Everyone who shares their enthusiasm for the beautiful blooms and enjoys learning about them are welcome to join The Camellia Society of Central Florida (CSCF). The CSCF represents Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia and Lake counties and meets monthly, September through May, in Orlando. Membership in CSCF is open to anyone from novice gardeners to life-time camellia gardeners and those who simply enjoy horticulture.