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.
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Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia is a public botanical garden and the headquarters of the American Camellia Society. The extensive camellia collection in nine specialty gardens is dedicated to educating guests about the Genus Camellia. The Gardens also feature two museum galleries featuring the largest collection of Edward Marshall Boehm porcelain sculptures on display in the United States.

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.

The results of the Oregon Camellia Society's Virtual People's Choice Camellia Show have been announced. See who's blooms...
04/24/2020

The results of the Oregon Camellia Society's Virtual People's Choice Camellia Show have been announced. See who's blooms won which categories.

https://www.oregoncamelliasociety.org/show

Camellia shown is 'City of Newberg', a C. complex reticulata hybrid seedling of (C.pit.var.yun. x 'Purple Gown' x C.pit.var.yun. x 'Guilio Nuccio') x 'Narumigata' first bloomed in 2010. It was originated by Bryan Stewart of Newberg, Oregon and registered and propagated by Daniel Charvet of Fort Bragg, California.

The Oregon Camellia Society is hosting the first virtual Camellia Show! Because the Oregon Camellia Society was not able...
04/10/2020

The Oregon Camellia Society is hosting the first virtual Camellia Show! Because the Oregon Camellia Society was not able to hold their annual in-person American Camellia Society cooperative camellia shows at the Portland Japanese Garden and Newberg Camellia Festival, club members put together an online camellia show. The voting is easy and anyone can participate in this People's Choice competition.

The camellias are grouped into six flower forms (single, semi-double, anemone, peony, rose-form double, and formal double) and Higo camellias. Jot down one favorite camellia in each category before clicking on the "vote here" button. It's easy and fun.

For added fun, scroll below the Higos to the bottom of the page and test your knowledge with "Can You Identify?" Type what you think the names of the six camellia varieties might be with their ID numbers in the CONTACT US form. The submitted names will be added to the web page under the camellia photo as they are received.

Click on the link below and enjoy selecting your favorite camellias from April 8 to April 18, 2020 11:59 p.m, using the "vote here" links at the beginning and end of the bloom categories. The winners will be posted shortly after April 18, 2020.

Because the survey site records the computer or mobile device used to cast the vote, only one ballot can be completed from each device.

https://www.oregoncamelliasociety.org/show

Massee Lane Gardens is closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your patience and continued support. We ...
04/01/2020

Massee Lane Gardens is closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your patience and continued support. We will continue posting garden photographs until we can welcome our treasured guests back to visit.

Have a question about camellias in the meantime? Visit our website for information on growing and caring for camellias.

https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources

Don't see the information you need? Visit our ask the expert page and email photos of your camellia and your camellia identification, care and culture question.

https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources/horticultural-advice

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Massee Lane Gardens is operating on our normal schedule. The Gardens are open and plants are for sale Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4:30 and Sunday from 1-4:30. We are closed to the public on Mondays only.

Come visit and enjoy the fresh country air as you stroll through the gardens and around the pond. Stroller, wheelchair, wagon, bicycle and pet friendly.

Questions? Call (478) 967-2358 during business hours.

Click here to see the inventory of camellias available to purchase in our plant sale tent. We also have 'Massee Lane' Tea Olive plants for sale.

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

The 'Ryan Gainey' camellia's namesake.https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources/camellia-cultivars-regist...
03/19/2020
The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey

The 'Ryan Gainey' camellia's namesake.

https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources/camellia-cultivars-registered-by-the-acs/camellia-varieties-registered-in-2014/ryan-gainey

Today is a special anniversary for me and Cooper Sanchez. Ten years ago today we walked into Ryan Gainey's garden and filmed a little bit of him talking about tea olives and bragging about himself. Little did we know that eight years (!) and tons of footage later, we'd finish a film about Ryan's life and garden. Here's the link to stream the film for free on the PBS site (you can also watch it for free on the PBS app on smart tv's). Granted, there is some sadness to Ryan's story, but, more than anything, it's about how the beauty of nature can uplift us, something we can use a lot of now. Plus, Ryan was funny as hell, which is also something we can use now too.

The Gardens are beautiful on a foggy March Monday. We will be open on our normal schedule this week, Tuesday through Sat...
03/16/2020

The Gardens are beautiful on a foggy March Monday. We will be open on our normal schedule this week, Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4:30 and Sunday from 1-4:30. Come visit and enjoy the fresh country air as you stroll through the gardens and around the pond. Stroller, wheelchair, wagon, bicycle and pet friendly. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for American Camellia Society members and children under 12.

The Gardens are beautiful on a foggy March Monday. We will be open on our normal schedule this week, Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4:30 and Sunday from 1-4:30. Come visit and enjoy the fresh country air as you stroll through the gardens and around the pond. Stroller, wheelchair, wagon, bicycle and pet friendly. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for American Camellia Society members and children under 12.

American Camellia Society's cover photo
03/13/2020

American Camellia Society's cover photo

Everything that glitters may not be gold, but each and every camellia is a jewel of the winter garden. Discover a new tr...
03/12/2020

Everything that glitters may not be gold, but each and every camellia is a jewel of the winter garden. Discover a new treasure for your garden in the collection of camellias for sale at Massee Lane Gardens. Add a little bling to your winter with 'Cloisonne', 'Maroon and Gold', 'Moonlight Bay', 'Pirates Gold Var.', or 'Royal Velvet Variegated'.

Thousands of sparkling camellias are in bloom at Massee Lane Gardens, located off Georgia Highway 49, about 20 minutes from Interstate 75, between Ft. Valley and Marshallville, Georgia. Enjoy the fresh air and mild weather as you tour over nine acres of specialty camellia gardens, and stroll through the easy walking trails around a two-and-half acre pond in the Environmental Garden.

Massee Lane Gardens and the Garden Gift Shop are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The plant sale and bloom season will continue through April 2020. Click the link below to see all of the camellia plants for sale and directions to Massee Lane Gardens.

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

New plants arrived at Massee Lane Gardens today, including some classic must-have varieties like 'Mary Phoebe Taylor', '...
03/10/2020

New plants arrived at Massee Lane Gardens today, including some classic must-have varieties like 'Mary Phoebe Taylor', 'Mrs. Charles Cobb', 'Nina Avery' and 'Don-Mac'. See the full inventory of plants at the link below.

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

Massee Lane Gardens is in full bloom, with late season camellia varieties opening daily. Professionally guided tours and guided tours with box lunches are available on weekdays by appointment. Free nature scavenger hunts with prizes are always available for visitors under 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Did you know there are fragrant camellia cultivars? Beginning in the early 1960s, efforts were made to breed fragrant hy...
03/03/2020

Did you know there are fragrant camellia cultivars? Beginning in the early 1960s, efforts were made to breed fragrant hybrids using the species C. lutchuensis to incorporate floral fragrance into commercially acceptable cultivars.

Dr. Robert K. Cutter of Berkeley, CA, was a pioneer in this work. Unfortunately, his untimely death curtailed his breeding program before completion. He did, however, introduce two fragrant backcross hybrids ‘Alice K. Cutter’ and ‘Virginia W. Cutter’. Kenneth Hallstone, of Lafayette, CA, took over, and progressed on the work of Dr. Cutter’s for several years, introducing ‘Scented Sun’. Toichi Domoto was another of the early U.S. pioneers, introducing ‘Scented Gem’ in 1983.

William Ackerman was also working along similar lines at the time. A few early introductions included: ‘Fragrant Pink’, ‘Ack-Scent’, ‘Ack-Scent Sno’, ‘Ack-Scent Spice, ‘Cinnamon Cindy’, and ‘Cinnamon Scentsation’. Ackerman’s breeding program came to a abrupt halt in the late 1970s when a series of severe winters from 1976 through 1980 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area caused wide devastation of local camellia plants.

Work on floral fragrance continued with J. Finlay of Whangerei, New Zealand, who began breeding scented camellias in 1970 and has continued through to the present. Crossing C. lutchuensis with C. japonica ‘Tiffany’, he had his first bloom six years later, which was named ‘Scentuous’. A good example of persistence was Finlay’s breeding through three generations of scented cultivars and hybrids to produce ‘Sweet Emma’.

It took twenty-two years, but Finlay declared it well worth the time and effort. Overall, Finlay has made many thousands of controlled crosses and registered more than fifty-five fragrant cultivar introductions. Two examples are ‘High Fragrance’, and ‘Nice Fragrance.’ In this regard, he has more fragrant-flowered camellia introductions to his credit than anyone.

Others ‘down under’ have also been busy, including M. Baker, R. Garnett, and G. Hooper of Australia. Where some researchers leave off, others carry on. This is as it should be in the field of hybridization. Accomplishment of worthwhile goals may take many years and a sequence of several hybridizers.

Visit Massee Lane Gardens' species garden, which has a large section of fragrant camellias. We have two scented varieties for sale: 'Cinnamon Scentsation' and 'High Fragrance'.

See the full inventory of plants for sale at the link below.

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

Jay Neff, Master Gardener, shared great information on propagating camellias at Massee Lane Gardens this morning.
02/29/2020

Jay Neff, Master Gardener, shared great information on propagating camellias at Massee Lane Gardens this morning.

02/29/2020
Visit the American Camellia Society website to see the latest list of camellia plants for sale at Massee Lane Gardens. S...
02/27/2020

Visit the American Camellia Society website to see the latest list of camellia plants for sale at Massee Lane Gardens. Several new selections were added this week including 'Borom's Gem Var.', 'Glenn's Orbit', 'Paula Deen', and 'Ruth Vickers Fullwood'. There is only one plant left of 17 varieties, so visit the plant sale tent soon before they sell out.

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

Massee Lane Gardens is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Questions? Call (478) 967-2358

Today is the last Monday of February with a free tasting of teas from Biron Herbal Tea Company of Macon, Georgia, make a...
02/24/2020

Today is the last Monday of February with a free tasting of teas from Biron Herbal Tea Company of Macon, Georgia, make a variety of teas.

Owner Andi Biron will be on hand at 11:00 this morning to talk about tea, Camellia sinensis, the world's most widely grown camellia species and most popular beverage.

As a certified Herbalist with a masters in nutrition science, Biron selects a variety of herbs to provide specific benefits for each tea. Biron Teas' Specialty Full Leaf Teas are never irradiated and provide boosted benefits in each cup. Biron’s herbal teas allow you to be the best you!

The company won the Best Beverage at UGA's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest in 2017 with Worryfree Tea. Their gourmet herbal teas use whole herbs, not remnants, for a flavorful cup of tea with maximum benefits. Worryfree was designed for those that tend to worry or have anxiety. Herbs such as Kava Kava and Ashwagandha, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Lavender, help the mind and body relax. Over 100 products were submitted. Thirty three where chosen as finalists. Then only the best 10 products were chosen as best of the best in their category, and given an award. Category winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2017 Flavor of Georgia logo.

Learn more at this free presentation tomorrow morning and meet Andi Biron and try her amazing teas. You will definitely want to take home a few tins from our gift shop. The presentation is free with garden admission ($5 for Adults, $4 for seniors and free for all members of the American Camellia Society) After enjoying your tea, take a stroll through acres of camellias in full bloom.

Today is the last Monday of February with a free tasting of teas from Biron Herbal Tea Company of Macon, Georgia, make a variety of teas.

Owner Andi Biron will be on hand at 11:00 this morning to talk about tea, Camellia sinensis, the world's most widely grown camellia species and most popular beverage.

As a certified Herbalist with a masters in nutrition science, Biron selects a variety of herbs to provide specific benefits for each tea. Biron Teas' Specialty Full Leaf Teas are never irradiated and provide boosted benefits in each cup. Biron’s herbal teas allow you to be the best you!

The company won the Best Beverage at UGA's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest in 2017 with Worryfree Tea. Their gourmet herbal teas use whole herbs, not remnants, for a flavorful cup of tea with maximum benefits. Worryfree was designed for those that tend to worry or have anxiety. Herbs such as Kava Kava and Ashwagandha, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Lavender, help the mind and body relax. Over 100 products were submitted. Thirty three where chosen as finalists. Then only the best 10 products were chosen as best of the best in their category, and given an award. Category winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2017 Flavor of Georgia logo.

Learn more at this free presentation tomorrow morning and meet Andi Biron and try her amazing teas. You will definitely want to take home a few tins from our gift shop. The presentation is free with garden admission ($5 for Adults, $4 for seniors and free for all members of the American Camellia Society) After enjoying your tea, take a stroll through acres of camellias in full bloom.

Learn more about the Georgia Camellia Trail and the gardens around the United States with significant camellia collectio...
02/24/2020

Learn more about the Georgia Camellia Trail and the gardens around the United States with significant camellia collections.

https://www.americancamellias.com/about-american-camellia-society/american-camellia-trail-gardens

During today's Camellia program, Paul Greenway, Board Member of the American Camellia Society, presented the Museum and the Manskes with a new sign reaffirming the garden as one of only 31 across the nation included in the society's Garden Trail. Stop by the Museum this season to stroll through the Camellia Garden and wonder at the sheer variety of "winter roses." coastaldiscovery.org/home/discover-and-explore/things-to-see/camellia-garden/

#camellias #winterrose #americancamelliasociety #camelliatrail #commnunitymuseum #smithsonianaffiliate

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Georgia's first Camellia Queen visited the Middle Georgia Camellia Society's and Flint Energies' competitive camellia sh...
02/22/2020

Georgia's first Camellia Queen visited the Middle Georgia Camellia Society's and Flint Energies' competitive camellia show today at Massee Lane Gardens. Miss Georgia Camellia is Nayah Terry, a student at Fort Valley State University.

Miss Terry is shown with the winning camellia blooms at the head table, with exhibitor Nan Johnson of Perry, Georgia, with a cute kid, and with Jo Creel, show co-chair, and Tommy and Brenda Alden who won the Flint Energies Award for Best Bloom in Show with Camellia japonica 'Black Magic'. The show will be open to the public Sunday February 23, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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#camelliasarefun
#MasseeLaneGardens
#AmrericanCamelliaSociety

Next week is the last week of the month-long Festival of Camellias. Don't miss the February 29, 2020 workshop on managin...
02/21/2020

Next week is the last week of the month-long Festival of Camellias. Don't miss the February 29, 2020 workshop on managing camellias in the home landscape. Free with garden admission. And, Sharp Shop mobile tool sharpening service will be on site. It is not necessary to attend the workshop to bring your tools to be sharpened.

Of course, camellias will continue blooming through April, so book your guided tour and box lunches and enjoy the remainder of the season. Our plant sale continues through April as well.

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100 Massee Lane Road
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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I need an ID on this camellia, thank you all in advance. This is quite an older camellia located in South Alabama. It was planted in the 1940s, and has survived quite well, over 20' tall and probably 30' in diameter. This past year I air-layered several cuttings from it for family Christmas gifts, as it is located at our grandmother's home.
We'll see you there at "The Homestead" Saturday February 1st!!!
Blooming here in Warner Robins, GA.
We just planted three camellias we bought from Ft. Valley recently and I’m so excited about them!
Just joined and so excited about my first Camellia
I have a camellia, Taylor's Perfection, that is described as being a "non reticulata hybrid." What does "non reticulata" mean? Thanks. (PS: didn't mean to post the picture twice.)
I am creating a new garden in fairly dense dry shade. Is there a variety of camellia that works best in these conditions or should I choose another plant. I live in Zone 6b to 7a. Thank you for your help.
Camellia is very beautiful and pretty many colours flower.so there is nothing about encouraging growing camellia societies in my country (Sri Lanka). So American camellia societies is very very significant for people who are interested in camellia .
This is a very helpful organization, and the gardens are beautiful. Well worth a visit or two, or three, or more!
Hoping someone can identify this one. It is about 18 feet tall and at least 20 years old. Color is accurate in photo. Size is 6-8 inches across.
Found this on a Pink Perfection - thoughts? Just an interesting looking sport?
Beautiful Camellia arrangments on the Alter of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Sunday, February 24, 2019. #camelliacityculture — in Greenville, Alabama.