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Welcome to the

 Gulf Coast Camellia Society

A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant

Here we go again....

Get ready for the 2014 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference


October 17th &18th, 2014 

The Host Hotel- The Clarion, Covington, Louisiana 

October 17th, Friday

1:00-4:00 Registration at the Clarion Lobby Area

                    Hospitality Suite- room number and hours to be posted

2:00           Board Meeting- Hospitality Suite

5:00           Reception-Clarion Ballroom

6:00           Dinner, Speaker, and Plant Auction- Clarion Ballroom

October 18th,Saturday

6:00-10:30 Breakfast

8:00-8:45 Registration at the Clarion Lobby Area

       8:45           Business Meeting -Clarion Ballroom-Lynn Vicknair, President                            

9:15           Orange Juice, Mimosa, and Bloody Mary Break

10:00         Auction – Clarion Ballroom

12:00        Lunch

1:15-4:00 Educational Sessions- Clarion Ballroom

1:15          Larry Bates-Grafting in quantities

1:45          J.D. Thomerson- Hybridizing and Genealogy

3:00          Hong Park – Air Propagator

3:30          Mark Crawford

5:00          President’s Reception- Clarion Ballroom

6:00          Banquet -Clarion Ballroom- Speaker Dr. David Creech,

                                 Professor at Steven F. Austin 

The Annual Raffle winning ticket will be announced at the Banquet on Saturday night. This years’ raffle item is a beautiful framed needlepoint camellia provided by Meg Charbonnet. 

Silent Auction Items viewing and bidding will in the Clarion Ballroom. The Silent Auction will be closed at 5:30 Saturday night and the winning items need to be claimed and paid for at that time.



OCTOBER 17th AND 18th2014



501 N. Hwy 190

Covington, LA 70433



Room Rates: $94 interior room per night

                        $104 exterior room per night

                        $119 1 BR suite per night

                                Breakfast is included

                                     Free parking

 Reservations: Call the local hotel at 1.985.893.3580 and identify yourself as a member of the group Gulf Coast Camellia Society for the special rates.

Make your reservations before September 25, 2014.

If you are bringing plants for the PLANT AUCTION, they may be placed in the ballroom along the wall. Find Jim Campbell when you arrive and he will give you more detailed instructions. This facility is street level and there is an outside entrance very close to the ballroom entry.

SILENT AUCTION items will be displayed in the ballroom throughout the meeting days. Please let Florence Crowder know what you are bringing so she can plan her space and get set up for the auction. Her contact information is Florence.crowder@cox.net or 1.225.665.8179.

Gulf Coast Camellia Society Meeting

Clarion Inn and Suites, 501 N. Hwy 190, Covington, LA

October 17 and 18, 2014

1. Registration: number@ $30 each____ total =______

Includes Sunday Garden Tour

2. Friday Night: number@ $40 each____ total=______

Dinner and Reception

3. Saturday Night: number@ $40 each_____ total=______

President’s Reception and Banquet

4. Dues for GCCS: number of years______ total=______

( singles= $10/yr.; couples= $12/yr.)(Lifetime: Single=$200; couple= $240)

Dues year is Oct.1 to Sept. 30.

5.Contribution to the Camellian Fund: total=______

6. Raffle Tickets for Framed Needlepoint Camellia: total=______

Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.

Total Enclosed =







Phone: __________________ e-mail:


mark any changes from current roster information with an asterisk(*).

Mail form and check payable to GCCS in enclosed envelope by Sept. 25 to:

Michael Ruth for questions contact: mruthmd@gmail.com

726 High Plains Ave.

Baton Rouge, LA 70810

***Hotel reservations are separate and should be made by September 25. 2014.***

To make reservations call (985) 893-3580. Ask for GCCS rate of $94 for an outside room or

$104 for an interior room.

For a printed copy of the GCCS Registration Form (PDF), Click here


The Baton Rouge Camellia Society has just updated its 2014 list of Camellias that are available for purchase.

 Click here...for a look at what they have.


Pictures from the 2014 Mobile Show




































Pictures from 2014 New Orleans Show






















Pictures from 2013 Northshore Camellia Show










Pictures from 2013 Slidell Camellia Show










Pictures from the 2013 Gulf Coast Camellia Show
















Here are a few pictures taken at the 2013 GCCS Conference that was held at Spanish Fort, Alabama

(Additional Pictures will be posted -- check back a bit later)


Check out the Updated inventory of Camellias available at:

Baton Rouge Camellia Society-- click here.

Pensacola Camellia Society -- click here.

                Pictures from the Baton Rouge 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the Brookhaven 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the New Orleans 2013 Camellia Show
























A few pictures from the Northshore 2012 Camellia Show

A few of Norm Vickers' pictures from the 2012 Pensacola Show

A few pictures from the 2012 Gulfport Camellia Show by Patti Perkins



















Hope everyone has recovered from the GCCS Conference in Natchez

Here are a few pictures from the conference -- Others will be posted as time permits.






























Note:  The 2012 Board and Conference Meeting Minutes have been posted on the Members Only Page

Greenhouse plans from article in Spring 2012 Camellian

Click Here


Pictures from 2012 Baton Rouge Show

Pictures from 2012 Brookhaven Show

A couple of  pictures from 2011 Covington Show

A few pictures from 2011 Slidell Camellia Show

A few pictures from 2011 Gulfport Camellia Show

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