Camellia tour set for Feb. 28 in Baton Rouge

Jeff Kuehny  |  2/21/2009 1:23:32 AM

News Release Distributed 02/20/09

Camellia enthusiasts are invited to “Camellia Morning at Burden” on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge. The three-hour event will include presentations on camellia culture, a tour through the camellia gardens and a pruning and propagation demonstration.

Conducting the program will be camellia expert Art Landry, president emeritus of the American Camellia Society and a former director in the International Camellia Society, and Michael Polozola a budding camellia expert.

Landry is a charter member and senior adviser to the Baton Rouge Camellia Society. Polozola is the youngest member of the society and an LSU student conducting research on camellias with the LSU AgCenter. The AgCenter is currently conducting research on the effect of herbicides on camellias, camellia propagation and grafting. The LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center is cooperating with LSU Landscape Services to locate and record older camellia collections on the LSU Baton Rouge campus and add to these collections.

Burden Center is home to the largest camellia collection in Louisiana. The tour will include parts of this collection in various garden rooms of camellias, including the Stone Camellia Collection, which was moved to Burden Center in 2002. The Burden Center camellia collection is part of the American Camellia Society’s ( American Camellia Trail that lists camellia collections of interest from all over the United States.

Admission is $5, and registration begins at 9 in the Ione Burden Conference Center. Entrance to Burden is on Essen Lane off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. Program details are available from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Jeff Kuehny at (225) 578-2158 or

Camellia Morning is sponsored by the Burden Horticulture Society in cooperation with the Baton Rouge Camellia Society.

The Burden Horticulture Society is nonprofit organization that provides assistance and fundraising for the planning, development and use of the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center for the public good, including public gardens, educational activities and outreach programs.

Future horticulture society events include:

– Azalea Stroll Windrush Gardens, March 15

– Afternoon of Roses, April 19

– Spicing It Up: Ginger Show, August 8

Three additional events with dates to be announced are:

– Trees and Trails ribbon cutting in September

– Hayrides and Pumpkin Patch in October

– Wine and Roses in October


Contact: Jeff Kuehny (225) 578-2158 or
Writer: Mark Claesgens (225) 578-2939 or

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