Camellias, a southern landscape favorite, show off a blaze of color throughout the winter months. Middleton family history holds that in the year 1786, French botanist André Michaux gave the Middletons some of the first camellia trees to be planted in an American garden. Today, Middleton Place has over 7,000 camellias, many over 220 years old, including one of the four original Michaux plants, which is known at Middleton Place as the “Reine des Fleurs” or “Queen of Flowers.” Blooming during the depths of winter, the fragile beauty of camellias enhance the Middleton Place Gardens with thousands of blossoms, from pristine white to various shades of red and pink.
The 2017 Camellia season kicks off with a weekend of events highlighting the camellia. Beauty & History: Celebrating Camellias at Middleton Place begins on Saturday, February 4. Sidney Frazier, Middleton Place VP Horticulture, will lead a workshop discussing growing camellias, from propagation to care and maintenance. The workshop begins at 1 pm in the Middleton Place Garden Market and Nursery and will be followed by a special Camellia Walk leading up to a view of the “Reine des Fleurs.”
For the following six weeks, visitors to Middleton Place may learn about this magnificent plant on a Camellia Walk, held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning February 7 and continuing through March 18. The camellia-focused guided Garden tours will begin at 11 am at the Garden Market & Nursery and will last approximately an hour and a half.
In addition, special camellia items will be for sale in the Museum Shop and Garden Market throughout the blooming season, including plants propagated at Middleton Place.
Come see the flower that has captured the hearts of Southern gardeners for generations. For reservations, call 843-556-6020 or visit www.middletonplace.org. Middleton Place and the Middleton Place Restaurant are located at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414.