Camellia Festival in Eden Gardens State Park

January 29, 2009

Julia France camellia. Photo courtesy Friends of Eden.
Julia France camellia. Photo courtesy Friends of Eden.

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Feb. 7

The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395.

Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and other plant related topics. Camellias, air layered from Eden plants, will be available from the nursery. Bring your questions or bring along a bloom with leaves for identification.

Schedule of talks
11 a.m. Camellia Waxing by Jane Rogers
1 p.m. Floral Arranging by Russ Barley, owner of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts
2 p.m. Air Layering by Paul Lutchefeld of Friends of Eden
3 p.m. Camellia Waxing by Jane Rogers
Throughout the day –
Discussion of camellia care, diseases, pests and bloom identification by Manson Markette, certified camellia judge and retired nursery owner.
Heritage skills demonstrations and talks including soap making, turpentine production, candle making, moonshining, blacksmithing, sawmills and more…
Talks by archaeologists from UWF and Florida Public Archaeology Network

Admission Fee:
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

House Tours:
$4.00 per adult.
$2.00 per child.

Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.