American Camellia Society

American Camellia Society American Camellia Society is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to camellias with a public camellia garden located in Fort Valley, Georgia.

American Camellia Society is a nonprofit society based at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia. We are dedicated to educating the world about the Genus Camellia.

Mission: To promote interest in the Genus Camellia L., scientific research in its culture, standardization of its varietal names, certification of new varieties, dissemination of information concerning the above, the creation of a foundation to further these purposes, and to promote the organization and affiliation of local Camellia Societies in the United States.

Tourism Tuesday at Lane's Southern Orchard, Ft. Valley, Georgia. #tourismtuesday #peachcounty #getitinpeach #growitsweet...
05/21/2019

Tourism Tuesday at Lane's Southern Orchard, Ft. Valley, Georgia. #tourismtuesday #peachcounty #getitinpeach #growitsweeter

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05/07/2019
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Fellowship opportunities through monthly programs on fertilization, insect and disease control, propagation, and information on new varieties.

Peach County Tourism and Hospitality
05/03/2019

Peach County Tourism and Hospitality

NATIONAL GARDEN MEDITATION DAY

Massee Lane Gardens is the place to be! Spend today at this beautiful location in Fort Valley, GA. You will see the beautiful Abendroth Japanese Garden, the Scheibert Rose Garden, and beautiful plantings of daffodils, daylilies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, flowering trees, annuals and perennials add to the year-round beauty. Massee Lane Gardens botanical atmosphere will help you to forget about everything else, relax and meditate. Take time out for yourself and visit this beautiful garden located right here in Fort Valley, GA ~ Peach County!

Massee Lane Gardens
100 MASSEE LANE ~ Fort VALLEY, GEORGIA 31030 478)967-2358
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We participated in Peach County Tourism and Hospitality Committee's Tourism Tuesday yesterday in the Byron, GA. Visit Ma...
04/17/2019

We participated in Peach County Tourism and Hospitality Committee's Tourism Tuesday yesterday in the Byron, GA. Visit Massee Lane Gardens and then check out the other fun things to do and places to eat in Ft. Valley and Byron, Georgia. #EatinPeach #GetinPeach #WeGrowEverythingSweeter

www.visitpeachga.com

The American Camellia Society will have great plants and gift shop items for sale tomorrow April 05, 2019 and Saturday A...
04/04/2019

The American Camellia Society will have great plants and gift shop items for sale tomorrow April 05, 2019 and Saturday April 06, 2019 at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. Camellia plants for sale include 'Blue Danube', 'Dixie Night Var.', 'Gee Homeyer', 'Jack's Var.', 'Harold L. Paige', 'Lady Laura', 'Lady Macon', 'Maroon and Gold', 'Mrs. Baldwin Woods Supreme', 'Ruta Hagmann', 'Silver Waves', 'Tom Knudson', 'Yukibotan', and plenty of tea plants (Camellia sinensis). We look forward to seeing you in Perry, Georgia.

https://www.eventcrazy.com/Perry-GA/events/details/59671-Spring-Home-and-Garden-Show

The Macon County High School Future Farmers of America visited Massee Lane with their leader, Ms. Ford. We hope they enj...
03/29/2019

The Macon County High School Future Farmers of America visited Massee Lane with their leader, Ms. Ford. We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them in the gardens.

The American Camellia Society will have a booth at the 2019 Spring Home & Garden Show Apr. 5-6, 2019, in the McGill Mark...
03/28/2019

The American Camellia Society will have a booth at the 2019 Spring Home & Garden Show Apr. 5-6, 2019, in the McGill Marketplace Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & AgCenter. We will have camellias for sale, as well as a great selection of gardening supplies and decorative garden themed gifts, books, and jewelry from the Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop.

Image shown: C. japonica 'Middle Georgia' and C. japonica 'Georgia National Fair'

http://mgcg.org/upcoming-events/spring-home-garden-show/

03/22/2019

All the camellia plants sold out this week, but there are plenty of blooms throughout the garden. Enjoy the lovely spring weather with a visit to Massee Lane Gardens.

The Massee Lane Gardens camellia plant sale continues. Click the link below to see the full inventory of available plant...
03/12/2019

The Massee Lane Gardens camellia plant sale continues. Click the link below to see the full inventory of available plants, including the classic 'Helen Bower'. Like 'Helen Bower', the midseason and late season camellias are still blooming in mass in the formal camellia gardens. Visit soon and see them all.

The rose form double flower of C. japonica 'Helen Bower' is similar to 'Mathotiana' (Julia Drayton), because it is a chimera sport Dr J. V. Knapp grafted onto 'Mathotiana Variegated' (AKA 'Julia Drayton Variegated').

The rose-red bloom has with purple shading and yellow anthers and filaments and is is 5" x 3" . The plant growth is upright and dense with light green, distinctly serrated leaves. Blooms mid-season to late.

It was first observed in 1959 and was originated by T. W. Bower of Mobile, Alabama. Received the Sewell Mutant Award for 1971.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

Explore Georgia Travel Adventures
03/12/2019
Explore Georgia Travel Adventures

Explore Georgia Travel Adventures

Tips for Visiting Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Ga.

If you are traveling down I-75, this is not far off the path, less than 6 miles. See our tips to add this stop to your trip.

03/09/2019

Enjoy the beautiful weather with a stroll down Massee Lane Garden's brick pathways to the walking trail around the pond in the environmental garden. Don't miss the dinosaur and turtle fishing for goldfish in the children's garden or the koi in the Japanese Garden pond. Before you leave, check out the camellias on sale. See the full inventory and find driving directions at the link below.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

Visit and see how well the camellias at Massee Lane Gardens fared with last night's low temperatures. Be sure to check o...
03/06/2019

Visit and see how well the camellias at Massee Lane Gardens fared with last night's low temperatures. Be sure to check out the plants for sale (full list of available varieties is available at the link below). We are still taking reservations for professionally guided tours and boxed lunches, so schedule a visit with your friends and family soon.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

Bloom shown: C. japonica 'Mrs. R. L. Wheeler', originated in 1962 by Wheeler's Nursery of Macon, Georgia. The formal double flower is light pink with occasional deeper pink or red markings. The petals near the center are pointed. This midseason bloomer has an open and upright growth habit and leaves sometimes have a yellow margin.

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02/24/2019

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Beautiful Camellia arrangments on the Alter of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Sunday, February 24, 2019. #camelliacityculture — in Greenville, Alabama.

Take advantage of this bright and breezy day with a stroll among thousands of blooming camellias at Massee Lane Gardens....
02/24/2019

Take advantage of this bright and breezy day with a stroll among thousands of blooming camellias at Massee Lane Gardens. Your family will enjoy taking photos in front of camellias of every color, size and shape, and making a new tradition of visiting the gardens each season.

Children get in free and can go on a free nature scavenger hunt and win a prize.

Visit the plant sale house and take home a new favorite camellia for your garden. See the full inventory and find directions at the link below!

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

Mark your calendars! March 2 -3, 2019 is the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society's Annual Camellia Show!Columbus Museu...
02/21/2019

Mark your calendars! March 2 -3, 2019 is the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society's Annual Camellia Show!

Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906

Congratulations to American Camellia Society Members Al & Vickie Baugh for capturing all three National Awards at the Mo...
02/21/2019

Congratulations to American Camellia Society Members Al & Vickie Baugh for capturing all three National Awards at the Mobile Convention's Camellia Show this past Sunday.

The Baugh's won the Arminta Cawood Award for the Best Japonica with a beautiful 'Black Magic' bloom. They won the Australian Camellia Research Society Trophy for the Best Bloom of Australian Origin with an elegant 'Lady Pamela'. The won the Frances Shannon Racoff Memorial Award for the Best Formal Double Japonica with a perfect 'Tudor Baby.'

All of the show results will soon be posted on the American Camellia Society's website!

Behind the Fetterman Building this morning. Thanks Jim Pruckler for getting a photo.
02/21/2019

Behind the Fetterman Building this morning. Thanks Jim Pruckler for getting a photo.

I gave a talk today at Massee Lane about grafting large diameter Camellias with a slide show of the additions that I have grafted the last couple of years. Prior to the talk, we had a visitor in the parking lot at Massee Lane.

The grand finale of the 2019 Festival of Camellias is this weekend's competitive camellia show, sponsored by Flint Energ...
02/20/2019

The grand finale of the 2019 Festival of Camellias is this weekend's competitive camellia show, sponsored by Flint Energies and the Middle Georgia Camellia Society. Click this link to view the show schedule and all the details on entering your prize camellias. Experts will be on hand to help with bloom preparation and identification and novice camellia exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to bring blooms! Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2SPPfV6

February 23 - 24, 2019
Middle Georgia Camellia Society
The Fetterman Building
100 Massee Lane
Fort Valley, Georgia
Show Contact: Tommy Martin, [email protected]
Show Chairs: Tommy Martin and Jo Creel
Judge Chair: John Newsome

'William Forrest Bray' is a show winning camellia japonica, now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens. The beautiful red formal...
02/20/2019

'William Forrest Bray' is a show winning camellia japonica, now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens. The beautiful red formal double has large petals with a very narrow dark purple edge. It is a striking flower, both on the show bench and in the landscape. See the full list of camellias for sale at the link below, and be sure to visit Saturday and Sunday (February 23 and 24, 2019) to see the Middle Georgia Camellia Society & Flint Energies camellia show, open to the public at 1 p.m. each day.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

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02/18/2019

Explore Georgia Travel Adventures

The Camellia Festival is going on through the end of February at Masse Lane Gardens in Marshallville. The weather was great today! We enjoyed the stroll. It was our first time visiting but it won’t be our last.
The children had a lot of fun doing the Scavenger Hunt and were rewarded with a prize which they selected from a box of toys in the Gift shop. American Camellia Society

Bobby Green's home garden.
02/18/2019

Bobby Green's home garden.

02/16/2019

Today at Massee Lane Gardens is a presentation on "Growing Your Own Tea" and "How to Make Your Own Tea" by Debbie Odom, co-owner of Camelliashop.com, Gene's Nursery and Tsubaki Tea. Started at 11:00 a.m., but you can still come out and join in.
Another event today is scheduled at 2 p.m. with available tickets purchased in the Gift Shop until the event begins. It is "Paint Your Own Mug" by Peach Palette Pottery of Perry, GA. Registration is $30 and includes the mug, paint, firing the mug, and even garden admission. Hope to see you here!

Photos from American Camellia Society's post
02/16/2019

Photos from American Camellia Society's post

New shipment of camellias has arrived at Massee Lane Gardens. Check the full inventory list at the link below. The plant...
02/13/2019

New shipment of camellias has arrived at Massee Lane Gardens. Check the full inventory list at the link below. The plant sale page on our website includes links with photographs and detailed descriptions to help you select the best camellia variety for your garden's conditions--and your personal taste. There are a number of rarely seen varieties available, so don't miss the chance to grow your collection.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

The finished paintings from today!
02/09/2019

The finished paintings from today!

Macon Community News
02/08/2019

Macon Community News

Massee Lane Gardens is an oasis of botanical color in the height of the drab winter doldrums. Camellias are primarily winter blooming woody stemmed evergreens that come in a variety of species and cultivars.

The gardens are located at 100 Massee Lane in Fort Valley, approximately a 20-30 minute easy drive from Bibb County. The effect of winter color on your mood and mindset is well worth the short trip.

Camellia japonica 'Dixie Knight Supreme' is now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens. This semi-double variegated sport of 'Di...
02/07/2019

Camellia japonica 'Dixie Knight Supreme' is now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens. This semi-double variegated sport of 'Dixie Knight' is deep red and heavily moired white. The photos with this post show the many variations of moire pattern that make this such a "Supreme" variety. It was originated by Wheeler's Nursery of Macon, Georgia, circa 1962. This cheerful camellia is not only a camellia show winner, but is stunning in the landscape.The plant growth is upright, vigorous, compact and rapid, with mid-green leaves. It is a midseason to late season bloomer that brings great color, interest, and variety to your winter garden. Visit soon as quantities are limited!

See the entire available plant inventory with photographs and descriptions at the link below.

https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens

Lubana Shahin's presentation on the health benefits of the Paulownia Tea research she is working on at Fort Valley State...
02/06/2019

Lubana Shahin's presentation on the health benefits of the Paulownia Tea research she is working on at Fort Valley State University was informative and very interesting.

02/06/2019
Health Benefits of Paulownia Tea

Lubana Shahin's Presention on the health benefits of Paulownia Tea at Massee Lane Gardens for the 2019 Festival of Camellias

Celebrate the Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens February 9-16, 2019 with Art and Education WorkshopsMassee La...
02/03/2019

Celebrate the Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens February 9-16, 2019 with Art and Education Workshops

Massee Lane Gardens celebrates a half century as one of the most prized camellia gardens in the nation, thanks to the generosity of Fort Valley, Georgia’s David Coleman Strother, a founding member of the American Camellia Society. The central Georgia businessman guaranteed the future of Massee Lane Gardens when he deeded his private seven-acre camellia garden to become the Society’s permanent headquarters a half century ago. The 2019 Festival of Camellias will showcase the history of the American Camellia Society and Massee Lane Gardens.

Peak camellia blooming season is the time when the most camellia varieties are in bloom at one time. The cold weather affected some of the open blooms, but the camellias are covered in buds that will continue to open, revealing the beauty of fresh flowers every day.
Massee Lane Gardens is open every Monday in February, in addition to the regular hours of Tuesday through Sunday. A complimentary tea tasting each Monday in February will showcase one of the most famous camellias in the world—the common tea plant is the species camellia sinensis. Guests can tour the gardens and then enjoy a free cup of specialty tea from the Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop. Tea plants will also be on sale so that you can start your own back yard tea garden.

A camellia painting class using the “One Stroke” oil painting technique will be taught at 11:00 a.m. on February 9, 2019 by artist Shirley Rainwater of Lizella, Georgia. Rainwater holds a Level II Art Instruction Certification from Dewberry University in Orlando, Florida. She was taught by Donna Dewberry, who invented the one-stroke technique.

Registration is $35 and participants will complete an 11 x 14 canvas painting. Advance registration is required by January 31, 2019, which includes class supplies and garden admission. Call (877) 422-6355 to make reservations and advance payment.

On February 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., professional portrait art photographer and photojournalist, Judy Robinson, will lead a photography walk through the garden. Robinson is the general manager and publisher of The Leader Tribune in Fort Valley, Georgia. She will give a brief introduction to basic outdoor photography principles, followed by a guided walk through the garden to take photographs. The class will be a fun opportunity for beginners as well as more advanced photographers. Guests can bring their choice of photographic device, from a simple cell phone to advanced digital cameras. There is no cost (beyond garden admission) for the class, and advance registration is required. Call (877) 422-6355 or email [email protected] for reservations for the photo walk.

Art fun continues on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a camellia waxing demonstration by Jo Ann Dankle of Fort Valley, Georgia. Many camellia lovers will wax their favorite camellias right before a freeze, or to prepare a large number of blooms for festive decorations. Dipping camellias in a wax and mineral oil mixture preserves the blooms for days (and sometimes weeks). It gives camellias from the garden a sheen that makes them look like perfect porcelain sculptures. Waxed blooms do not need a vase or water. They can be displayed on a plate, elegant bowl, or lined up on a table top. The waxing demonstration is free with garden admission, and advanced registration is required. Call (877) 422-6355 or email [email protected] for reservations for the camellia waxing demonstration.

Celebrating the enjoyment of tea will continue on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a presentation by Debbie Odom, co-owner of Tsubaki Tea, the CamelliaShop Nursery, and Gene’s Nursery of Savannah, Georgia. Odom will share easy steps for growing your and harvesting your own tea—Camellia sinensis. Odom will answer questions about harvesting tea leaves and preparing them for brewing. There is no cost beyond admission for this program. Call (877) 422-6355 or email [email protected] for reservations for the tea growing and harvesting presentation.

Paint a tea mug in your favorite design at 2:00 p.m., on February 16, 2019. Peach Palette Pottery of Perry, Georgia will host a mug painting class. Mugs will be fired at Peach Palette Pottery and then returned to Massee Lane Gardens for participants to pick up about a week later. An email will be sent to each participant to notify when mugs are ready for pick up. Registration is $30 and includes the mug, paint, and firing, as well garden admission. Advanced registration required. Call (877) 422-6355 to make advanced reservations and payment for tea mug painting class. Mugs will be fired at Peach Palette Pottery and then returned to Massee Lane Gardens for participants to pick up approximately a week later. Call (877) 422-6355 to make reservations and payment by February 15, 2019.

The Festival continues for the rest of the month with a full line up of educational presentations on camellia care, workshops, art activities, yoga, and a competitive camellia show. Visit the website at www.americancamellias.com/news-events/festival-of-camellias for a full event schedule, reservation details, and activity prices.

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100 Massee Lane Rd
Fort Valley, GA
31030

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 13:00 - 16:30

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(877) 422-6355

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