Gulf Coast Camellia Society
Welcome to the
Gulf Coast Camellia Society
A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant
Do you need Camellia Judge Re-certification or training as a novice judge?
& Re-accreditation Symposia
Novice and Re-accreditation Judge's Schools
Biloxi Judge's School
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:15 a.m. Novice
12:30 p.m. Recertification
Novice Fee: $15 (includes lunch, pay on site)
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral
873 Ester Drive
Biloxi, MS 39530
Contact: Susan Moran
Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (228) 392-3792
Open for Tour:
--The “Camellia Garden Stroll” is on February 23 from 1 -4 p.m. at the Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Hwy (hwy 1067)
--Camellia Heaven at 83381 House Creek Road, Bush, LA from 10 a.m. to dusk on March1 & 2.
“Bayou Gardens” Camellia Open House
February 15th, 2014 9AM-3PM
You are invited to the 5th Annual Camellia Gardens Open House at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex headquarters in Lacombe, LA. This free event is presented in partnership with the Northshore Camellia Society and the Camellia Club of New Orleans.
The 110- acre property, historically known as “Bayou Gardens”, contains over 400 cultivars of camellias, plus a variety of other exotic plants, amidst a backdrop of native vegetation. The event will showcase and celebrate the large camellia collection of the former Bayou Gardens, many of which will be in full bloom. These beautiful flowering trees are at their peak and offer vibrant colors not typically seen over the winter months. Today “Bayou Gardens” is part of the Bayou Lacombe Center, the administrative headquarters for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Eight National Wildlife Refuges are administered from this location, including Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage. Activities scheduled for the day include both talks and demonstration. Camellia enthusiast, Hunter Charbonnet, a board member of Northshore Club and American Camellia Society, will present a program on the history of camellias. Jim Campbell, President of the Northshore Camellia Club will demonstrate grafting as well as other effective methods for rooting limbs on existing camellias for reproduction.
Visitors will be free to explore the grounds on their own or attend one of the free guided walking tours that will take place on the hour. The tours will cover a brief history of the complex as well as the variety of camellias that can be found here.
Live camellia plants will also be for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, the non-profit group that raises funds and enlists volunteers in support of refuge goals and programing.
The event serves as an ideal opportunity to visit, get outside, and enjoy this spectacular display of camellias at their peak
When: Saturday Feb. 15th 9AM-3PM
Where: Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex
61389 Hwy 434
Lacombe, LA 70445
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 556 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts.
For more information contact Supervisory Park Ranger David Stoughton at 985-882-2025 or email@example.com
Pictures from the 2014 Baton Rouge Show
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
Pictures from the Brookhaven 2013 Camellia Show
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
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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