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Camellia Garden Stroll set for Sun., Feb. 18, in Hammond

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 | Views: 1290

Camellia Garden Stroll set for Sun., Feb. 18, in Hammond
HAMMOND---The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067 just off Hwy. 190).

Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Visitors are invited to stroll through a collection of over 800 camellias, which were planted by Hody Wilson in the 1930’s to early 1950’s when he was the station superintendent. The camellias were research trials of the varieties available at the time and a few that were bred but never named and released.

During the 1990’s the planting was neglected, due to a shift in the focus of research at the Hammond Research Station. In 1999, several newly trained Louisiana Master Gardeners of Tangipahoa Parish came to the rescue by taking on the clean-up and maintenance of the camellia garden. A grant from the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation in 2001 and the continued volunteer efforts of the master gardeners through the years with periodic clean up days, and a change in focus at the Station to include ornamentals research again, have kept up the garden.
Propagation of the camellias is ongoing through cuttings, air-layering, and even some grafting, so that a new replication of as many named varieties as possible can be planted across the road in the main area of the Hammond Research Station. That way, someday visitors won’t have to cross a highway to stroll through the camellias, and the collection will live on, even after these plants have succumbed to old age.

Camellias, including some “hard-to-find varieties,” will be offered for sale by the Tangipahoa master gardeners near the parking area. Educational seminars about camellias also being offered during event.
The Camellia Garden Stroll is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association and The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Please be aware, the Camellias are located on uneven grassy grounds. If you have a disability that requires special accommodation for your participation in this event, please contact The Hammond Research Station at (985) 543-4125 by Wednesday, February 14.