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Camellia Show is Tuesday at Lee Council House, Americus

AMERICUS — The Sumter County Federation of Garden Clubs and the Sumter Men’s Garden Club host a local bloom camellia show from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lee Council House, 318 E. Church St., Americus. This year’s show, “Beauty in Winter,” sponsored by Agrium, is in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Moore, local camellia enthusiasts.

Also known as the “winter rose,” “queen of flowers” or the “Chinese rose,” camellias bloom from September through April, with the peak of the season arriving in the Southern United States in February.

Entries for the show will be accepted from 8 until 10 a.m. the morning of the show at the Lee Council House. Specimens for the show can be any type of camellia with a one- or two-inch stem having at least one leaf attached. There will be accredited judges who will determine winners in the various categories. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, call -229-938-5901.

The 2014 show was canceled due to severe cold weather damaging the camellia buds.

Sylvia Eubanks and Lane Tyson are chairing this show.

Learn more about caring for camellias and the many amazing varieties that thrive in southern Georgia’s climate at www.americancamellias.org. The website features a “Camellia Encyclopedia” as well as “Camellia Cultivars Registered by the ACS” with photographs and descriptions that can help identify the plants in your garden. Visit Massee Lane Gardens, a public botanical garden located off Ga. Highway 49, between Marshallville and Fort Valley to see thousands of varieties in full bloom. The gardens are open seven days a week during the month of February.