Camellia Garden Stroll set for Feb. 18 in Hammond

Richard Bogren  |  1/23/2018 4:50:45 PM

(01/23/18) HAMMOND, La. — The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Visitors are invited to stroll through a collection of more than 800 camellias that were planted by Hody Wilson from the 1930s to early 1950s when he was the station superintendent, and most of the varieties were research trial varieties available at the time. Also in the garden is an additional array of unreleased varieties from breeding efforts back then.

During the 1990s the planting was neglected because of a shift in the research focus at the station. Since 1999, the garden has been maintained through a grant from the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation, continued volunteer efforts of Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners and a change in focus at the station to include ornamentals research.

The Tangipahoa Master Gardeners will offer for sale several Camellias, including some hard-to-find varieties.

For additional information, contact LSU AgCenter agent Whitney Wallace at 985-748-9381.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway, just off U.S. Highway 190.

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