American Camellia Society

American Camellia Society The American Camellia Society is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to camellias with headquarters at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia featuring nine acres of specialty camellia gardens.
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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.

Operating as usual

C. japonica 'Kick Off'
10/22/2020

C. japonica 'Kick Off'

C. sasanqua 'Strawberry Limeade'
10/21/2020

C. sasanqua 'Strawberry Limeade'

C. sasanqua 'Our Linda' is blooming beautifully!
10/18/2020

C. sasanqua 'Our Linda' is blooming beautifully!

C. japonica 'High Hat"
10/17/2020

C. japonica 'High Hat"

The ants are enjoying this 'Double Rainbow' bloom!
10/04/2020

The ants are enjoying this 'Double Rainbow' bloom!

09/24/2020

Massee Lane Gardens will be reopening October 1st! Mark your calendars and come visit us! We are super excited to see everyone again! Masks will be required indoors and there will be hand sanitizer stations conveniently located.

Camellia hybrid 'Wendzalea' is blooming beautifully! Camellia azalea x Camellia japonica 'Wendy' 📸: @camillebielby
09/17/2020

Camellia hybrid 'Wendzalea' is blooming beautifully! Camellia azalea x Camellia japonica 'Wendy'

📸: @camillebielby

‘Wendzalea’, the first successful hybrid cross with the continuous-blooming Camellia azalea species discovered in China....
09/17/2020

‘Wendzalea’, the first successful hybrid cross with the continuous-blooming Camellia azalea species discovered in China. Valdosta, Georgia hybridizer Hulyn Smith obtained 100 rooted cuttings of C. azalea in 2001, but discovered that the species does not do well on its own roots. Smith applied C. azalea pollen to several seed pods, successfully producing a repeat blooming hybrid when crossed with C. japonica 'Wendy'. Massee Lane Gardens has a limited number of ‘Wendzalea’ plants for sale.
See the full list of plants for sale at the link below:
https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop-plant-sales/plants-for-sale

Camellia japonica 'September Morn' also known as 'Shirabyôsh'
09/16/2020

Camellia japonica 'September Morn' also known as 'Shirabyôsh'

'Lady Clare' is often seen in the gardens of the southern United States. In fact, it might be said that no camellia coll...
09/09/2020

'Lady Clare' is often seen in the gardens of the southern United States. In fact, it might be said that no camellia collection is complete without at least one of these classic camellias. Once you fall in love with 'Lady Clare', you will begin to notice the big pink blooms surrounding a prominent column of bright yellow stamens from late fall on into the winter.
C. japonica 'Akashigata' originated in Kanto District of Japan and was imported into Europe by Louis van Houtte of Brussels, Belgium who sold it to the Caledonia Nursery circa 1887, where it was named 'Lady Clare'.
While the blooms are prized, the plant will be bushy and lush, making it an excellent backdrop or specimen plant for your home garden.

Only three left! Call and reserve yours today.

See the full inventory of camellia plants now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens.

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop-plant-sales/plants-for-sale

C. sasanqua 'Sparkling Burgundy' is blooming beautifully throughout the garden!
09/09/2020

C. sasanqua 'Sparkling Burgundy' is blooming beautifully throughout the garden!

What's in a name? Check out the names of some of the camellias now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens!We have  'Adalyn', 'Bl...
09/08/2020

What's in a name? Check out the names of some of the camellias now on sale at Massee Lane Gardens!
We have 'Adalyn', 'Blue Ridge Sunset', 'Brooke', 'Brooke Var.', 'Buttons'n Bows', 'C. M. Gordy', 'Christmas Beauty Var.', 'Cile Mitchell', 'Cloisonne', 'Daikagura', 'Debutante', 'Don-Mac', 'Early Autumn', 'Edna Bass Var.', 'Katie Wootton', 'Lady Clare', 'Nina Avery', 'Nuccio's Cameo', 'October Affair', 'Silver Waves', 'Sweetie Pie', 'Takanini', and 'Tama Glitters'.
Visit our website and click on the variety names to see beautiful photographs of these creatively named camellias.
https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop-plant-sales/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens
Questions? We'd love to hear from you. (478) 967-2358
Pictured: 'Daikagura', 'Buttons'n Bows', and 'Takanini'.

Camellias are starting to bloom at Massee Lane Gardens! Check out this Camellia azalea hybrid!
09/08/2020

Camellias are starting to bloom at Massee Lane Gardens! Check out this Camellia azalea hybrid!

Today is the last day for the online summer sale for the Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop!
08/28/2020

Today is the last day for the online summer sale for the Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop!

Click the link below for great deals on garden-themed gifts and camellia educational books.

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop

The Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop has added unique hand-painted mugs to the online shop. The curvaceous mugs are a dark ...
08/11/2020

The Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop has added unique hand-painted mugs to the online shop. The curvaceous mugs are a dark burgundy inside, with a light green splatter-painted exterior and a dark-burgundy formal double camellia on the front. The mugs are solid pottery, with a strong, but delicate looking dark green handle. Originally $22.50, the mugs are now on sale for $16.87. Why not order a full set?

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop/tableware-serving-pieces/hand-painted-camellia-mug

The online sale will continue for one more week with home decor, stationery, tea and tea accessories, and tableware marked 20% off and all camellia education books marked 10% off.

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop

Learn more about American Camellia Trail gardens.https://www.americancamellias.com/gardens-nurseries/american-camellia-t...
07/24/2020

Learn more about American Camellia Trail gardens.

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

We are pleased to announce that Pebble Hill is now officially acknowledged as a member of the American Camellia Society! With this designation, we anticipate more people will be drawn to Pebble Hill’s incredible gardens which are filled with treasured varieties that date back to the early 20th century. Camellias in South Georgia typically begin blooming in October and will continue to bloom through late February to early March.
Thank you to Sandra Yarbrough Jones, Co-chairman of the American Camellia Society’s Camellia Trail for delivering our official sign! #americancamelliasociety American Camellia Society

Did you know the world's most famous camellia species is the tea plant? Camellia sinensis is also known as the tea plant...
07/21/2020

Did you know the world's most famous camellia species is the tea plant? Camellia sinensis is also known as the tea plant, and all tea is made from this genus' leaves and buds. Whether your preference is white, green, oolong or black tea, you are drinking a very healthy brew of camellia sinensis leaves. The differences between the types are determined by when the leaves are harvested and how they are dried and processed. Tea was originally considered a medicinal brew because the polyphenols are antioxidants and may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Massee Lane Gardens' online gift shop is offering top quality Biron Teas for 20%. Processed and blended in nearby Macon, Georgia, Biron's teas are 100% natural and specially blended for taste and aroma, giving them exceptional flavor. Try them all!

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop/tea-tea-service-accessories

Renew your membership or join the American Camellia Society with a single or joint three-year electronic membership for ...
07/08/2020

Renew your membership or join the American Camellia Society with a single or joint three-year electronic membership for the new rate of $45.00. A two-year electronic membership is available for $40.00 and a single year electronic membership is available for $20.00.

All electronic memberships include the same benefits as the traditional membership, with the exception of mailed hard copies of "The Camellia Journal" and the "American Camellia Yearbook".

All memberships include online access to these publications dating back to 1945, as well as much other online members-only camellia care resources.

- 10% discount on ACS Gift Shop purchases at Massee Lane Gardens and our online Gift Shop

- A copy of "Camellia Culture", an ACS publication on camellia care and propagation

- Free admission to Massee Lane Gardens - headquarters for the American Camellia Society

- Free or reduced admissions to over 330 participating gardens available through the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program

- National conventions with competitive camellia shows, tours, and other fun-filled activities

- Educational workshops, a speakers bureau, and extensive camellia library, camellia fact sheets, and camellia nursery information

Click the link below to join the American Camellia Society and begin enjoying the benefits, give a gift membership, or renew your current membership.

https://www.americancamellias.com/about-american-camellia-society/become-a-member

'Mrs. Charles Cobb' is a spectacular deep red camellia that has been described as madder red (pigment extracted from the...
06/30/2020

'Mrs. Charles Cobb' is a spectacular deep red camellia that has been described as madder red (pigment extracted from the roots of Rubia tinctorum as early as 1500 BC), cardinal red, and oxblood red. It is one of the darkest red japonicas.

The blooms are 4.3" x 2.3" and have a rounded appearance. The inner petaloids are upright, recurved and smaller toward the center. The gold stamens are shorter than the petaloids and often hidden among them.

It was originated in the 1900s at Magnolia Gardens on St. John's Island, SC and remains a popular landscape and show camellia all over the world, as it blooms prolifically in midseason. There are two 'Mrs. Charles Cobb' plants remaining in Massee Lane Gardens' virtual plant sale for 25% off the original price.

Choose the plants you are interested in and then call the Massee Lane Gift Shop at (478) 967-2358 Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to place your order, make a credit card payment, and schedule an appointment for curbside pickup.

To see the list of remaining plants, visit our website at https://www.americancamellias.com/news-events/plants-for-sale-at-massee-lane-gardens.

The Massee Lane Gardens' online gift shop sale continues! All books are 10% off and all housewares, home decor, jewelry ...
06/29/2020

The Massee Lane Gardens' online gift shop sale continues!

All books are 10% off and all housewares, home decor, jewelry and toys are 25% off. Browse our collection of fun garden themed gifts.

https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop

Welcoming the American Camellia Society's Board of Directors to Massee Lane Gardens for the summer business meeting.
06/26/2020

Welcoming the American Camellia Society's Board of Directors to Massee Lane Gardens for the summer business meeting.

The American Camellia Society looks forward to welcoming visitors back to Massee Lane Gardens in the near future to see ...
06/26/2020

The American Camellia Society looks forward to welcoming visitors back to Massee Lane Gardens in the near future to see the beautiful Leon and Lois Silver Educational Camelliarie. Until Massee Lane Gardens re-opens to the public, enjoy learning about camellia care from our website https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources.

Learn more about Massee Lane Gardens by following us on Facebook and Instagram and watch for the announcement of the date the gardens will re-open to the public.

https://www.facebook.com/Massee-Lane-Gardens-259451994079189/

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TGIF! We are proud to announce the completion of the Mr. & Mrs. Leon Silver Camelliarie located at the Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, GA.

Be sure to go by and take a tour of the grounds. It is beautiful out there, and we couldn't be more thankful for the American Camellia Society partnering with us on this project.

The Virtual plant sale continues at Massee Lane Gardens with 25% off top-quality camellia plants. Click the link at the ...
06/25/2020

The Virtual plant sale continues at Massee Lane Gardens with 25% off top-quality camellia plants.

Click the link at the bottom of the post to view the available plants, then call our Gift Shop Tuesday - Friday at (478) 967-2358 to pay by credit card, and make an appointment for curbside pick up at 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia 31040.

There are four 'Nina Avery' plants left. This classic bloom was originated by Mr. Edward Avery McIlhenny on Avery Island, Louisiana and registered with the American Camellia Society in 1949, the 13th camellia registered in the United States. 'Nina Avery' is one of the thousands of camellia seedlings he planted each year for 40 years, enabling him to introduce many cultivars that remain popular today.

He described the Camellia japonica 'Nina Avery' bloom as "Seedling 47-17", noting that the blooms are a full double measuring 3 1/2 inches across, with central petals crinkled at the edge and upstanding to form a high center. The petals are white, washed in rose pink, with the base of the petals almost solid white, giving the blossom the appearance of a white-edged rose-pink. When fully open, the lovely semi-double form bloom displays prominent white stamens tipped in buckhorn-brown. It is shown in the photos as a bud, formal double, and in the later fully open semi-double stages. The plant's growth rate is average and the growth habit is tall and bush.

McIlhenny was the second son of Edmund McIlhenny who invented Tabasco Sauce. In addition to collecting and propagating plants, “Mr. Ned” as he was affectionately known, founded a bird colony in the 1890’s now called Bird City. After plume hunters slaughtered egrets by the thousands for feathers to make fashionable ladies’ hats, Mr. Ned gathered up eight young egrets, raised them in captivity on the Island, and released them in the fall to migrate across the Gulf of Mexico.

When he died in 1949, he was well known as a combination of scientist, naturalist and showman. This vital and intelligent man had enhanced the Tabasco factory business, created Jungle Gardens and the Bird Sanctuary that continue to this day.

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

Virtual Plant Sale Continues at Massee Lane Gardens, headquarters of  the American Camellia Society in Fort Valley, Geor...
06/24/2020

Virtual Plant Sale Continues at Massee Lane Gardens, headquarters of the American Camellia Society in Fort Valley, Georgia.

C. reticulata 'Pleasant Memories' is a parent of several other popular camellias, such as 'Mary Carol' (crossed with 'Cloisonné') and 'Linda Griffin', 'Elaine', and 'Jim Smelley' (crossed with ‘Curtain Call’).

Two 'Pleasant Memories' plants and one 'Pleasant Memories Variegated' are still available in the Massee Lane Gardens Virtual Camellia Sale for 25% off the original price.

The species Camellia reticulata originated in the rich alpine of Yunnan the southeastern province of China where they have been growing for hundreds of years. The first documented translocation of these camellias was to Japan in the 17th Century. Chinese records indicate that between 1673 and 1681, a semi-double blooming cultivar was introduced to Japan called ‘To-Tsubaki’.

In March 1950, a shipment of reticulata plants from China arrived in California. Several of the varieties were old, dating to 900 AD. After the plants were established at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California, a total of 20 cultivars survived and attracted the attention of camellia hybridizers.

Cuttings of those prized camellias were shared around the United States and used to breed the many reticulata hybrids that are now popular in gardens all over the world.

These fine Georgia grown plants are well established in three-gallon pots. Visit our website at the link below to see all the camellias available in our virtual sale. Then call (478) 967-2358 to reserve your camellias, pay by credit card, and schedule an appointment for curbside pickup at 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030.

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

Virtual Flash Sale: Massee Lane Gardens Online Gift ShopJewelry, American Camellia Society logo items, mugs, Biron artis...
06/23/2020

Virtual Flash Sale: Massee Lane Gardens Online Gift Shop

Jewelry, American Camellia Society logo items, mugs, Biron artisanal tea, hand-painted wine glasses, key chains and car charms, toys, stationery, vases, health and beauty products, floral nightlights, decorative wall art & more 25% off.

Camellia books: 10% off.

Click the link below to order products.
https://www.americancamellias.com/gift-shop

Massee Lane Gardens' virtual plant sale remains underway while supplies last. We have five lovely 'Gee Homeyer' plants a...
06/17/2020

Massee Lane Gardens' virtual plant sale remains underway while supplies last. We have five lovely 'Gee Homeyer' plants available, and limited supplies of popular varieties such as 'Cinnamon Scentsation', 'Helen Bower', 'Kramer's Supreme', 'Lady Clare', 'Mrs. Charles Cobb', and 'Spring Festival'.

'Gee Homeyer' is a C. japonica seedling of 'Elizabeth Boardman' x 'Dixie Knight' that first flowered 1970. It was originated by Dr. Walter F. Homeyer Jr. of Macon, Georgia.

The medium-sized bloom is 3.5" - 4.3" across and 1.5" - 2" deep. The large formal double bloom is glowing pink with dark red veins and blooms midseason. The plant will rapidly grow upright and open. The leaves are nearly 4" long and 2" wide.

How to order: Check out the full inventory at the link below, choose your plants, and then call (478) 967-2358 to make a credit card payment and schedule an appointment for curbside pickup.

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

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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!
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