Gulf Coast Camellia Society

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 Gulf Coast Camellia Society

A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant

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Hope you are getting your camellia plants all pampered and ready for the upcoming Show season.    With the unusually long, cold winter, there seemed to be a plus side.  We had beautiful blooms into April throughout our area.  Now with summer, it is time to think about what do we need to be doing for our plants.  And, as you begin to think about camellias....

Think Pensacola Looking forward to the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Annual Meeting in Pensacola October 1 & 2.  This is an opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of other "camellia people" without all of the distractions of trying to get your blooms entered into a show.  Also, there will be enjoyable tours and educational sessions to tweak your interest as well as the good food and fellowship.  Conference Registration information will be sent out in July to GCCS members.  Put these dates in your calendar and please join us. See Conference information below.  Registration form here.

What's going on in the Gulf Coast Area?  (Please send any camellia show/projects/tour information from you Society to keep us up-to-date)

2010 Fall Camellia Shows

  • Gulfport Camellia Show
  • Pensacola Camellia Show - Dec 11-12


Please give us your ideas for ways to make our website better.  What kind of information would you like to have included and additional special sections would you like added?  So much of the success of website depends on having interesting content that is kept current.  Send along camellia hints, upcoming events in your area, project ideas and pictures that you have taken.  Help us make this site a place that our members will want to check frequently!




October 1-2, 2010



                               910 N. Navy Blvd, 1-850-455-4561



           A boutique hotel in downtown district

                             200 N. Palafox St, 1-850 -470-9298


Make your reservation before Sept. 1. Tell them you’re with Gulf Coast Camellia Society. Rates at Ashton: $59, single and $69, double (plus tax) which includes continental breakfast. Rate at Sole’: $79 (plus tax) which includes continental breakfast and evening happy hour. Sole’ is 10 min from Ashton, and all educational sessions will be at Ashton Inn.


FRIDAY, October 1, 2010


1:00 PM    Registration at Ashton Inn—raffle tickets will be available. 5 items will be available for bidding for a special Silent Auction. Please bring items for Fri Night Live Auction to registration.


            2:00 PM     GCCS Board Meeting, meeting room at Ashton


            5:00 PM    Happy Hour by the pool


6:00 PM    Chet’s Famous Seafood Buffet followed by AUCTION.


SATURDAY, October 2, 2010


8:30 AM    GCCS Membership General Business Meeting at Ashton


9:00 AM    Educational Session with Dr. Bill Bennett—“Petal Blight”

          10:00 AM    Educational Session with Mark Crawford—“Bark Grafting     

                               Demo/Instruction” (see enclosed sheet)

          12:00 PM    Box Lunch and end of Silent Auction. Place your last minute bid.

            1:00 PM    Tours (see enclosed sheet)                     


            5:00 PM     President’s Reception in the Living Room at Ashton


            6:30 PM     Banquet at Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St

                                    Speaker—Doug Ruhren, Horticulturist, Massee Lane

“Would you please let us know what Friday Night Auction items you are bringing!!!” or 850-969-0001





GCCS Conference Raffle Items—Camellia Table and 14k Ring

                               Picture3192009camellias 216.jpg  lovely!!  Reid Leonard and son Leland, furniture artisans here in Pensacola, have given this foyer table to be raffled.  36”Lx14”Wx 32”H.  Disassembles for shipping.  Top is Chilean laurel burl; legs are red gum; apron is gray ash. With inlaid camellias.


 Sylvia’s in Slidell: 14k diamond and rhodanite garnet ring. Lovely! Designed and created by Sylvia.




            Update on the Massee Lane experiment to eradicate petal blight through cross pollination of resistant species.


            Demonstration of bark grafting followed by hands-on instruction while you do your own. We will have a limited amt of understock at a nominal price and will provide scions. To reserve understock and a particular scion, email Hooton. A word on root stock if you want to bring your own: thicker barked species, i.e. japonicas, are easier and more viable than sasanquas and hiemalis.


1.Historic Pensacola Village—a museum and house museum complex that displays Colonial Pensacola through the Roaring Twenties. “A Step Back In Time.” Guided tour ($5). Please add $5 to your conference ck so we can get group rate.

2. UWF Camellia Garden—an ongoing cooperative effort among UWF, UWF Retired Employees Association, and the Pensacola Camellia Club on campus grounds. 100+ plants including 75 Pensacola varieties. Transportation is provided.

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