February 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23
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 Andrè Michaux gave the Middletons some of the first camellias to be planted in an American garden. Today, Middleton Place has over 3,500 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."
Enjoy this wonderful plant and learn more about its spectacular flowers on a Camellia Walk, held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday beginning February 14 and continuing through March 23. The camellia-focused guided tours will begin at 11 a.m. at the Garden Market & Nursery and last approximately an hour and a half.
Middleton Place is home to dozens of varieties of camellia, some of which were propagated on site. Camellia Walks will focus on a few of these, including the Alba Plena, Alba Superba, Debutante, Donkelaari, Prince Eugene Napoleon, Prof. C.S Sargent, Dr. Tinsley, Lady Clare, Glen 40, and Pink Perfection.
Sidney Frazier, Vice-President of Horticulture at Middleton Place, says one of his favorite things about the camellias in the formal gardens is they provide a great burst of color that bridges the blooming gap between summer and spring. "Having color in the late fall and winter is wonderful," he says. "That is what the camellia plants do for the Middleton Place Gardens. The Middletons planted camellias for the same reason—they would be in bloom while the family was living on the property during the winter months."