The Ocala Camellia Society’s annual camellia show will return this weekend with floral displays, educational presentations, and plenty of plants for sale.
The two-day event will be held on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course located at 3130 E Silver Springs Boulevard.
Members of the public are invited to attend the show and enter their own blooms. Admission to the show and entry for flowers are both free.
For new exhibitors, experienced club members will be available to help sort, name, and place flowers for judging.
The event will include dozens of exhibitors showing off hundreds of camellia flowers. According to the Ocala Camellia Society, the annual shows typically receive nearly 1,500 flowers.
Judging will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, and the show will open to the public for viewing from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, January 28, the show will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
In addition, the club will offer camellia plants for sale on both days of the show, including dozens of varieties that are especially suited to grow in this region.
“We love camellias because they’re an easy to grow perennial that stays green all year and can handle our blistering Floridian summers as well as our cold spells,” stated Ocala Camellia Society club president Ann Greenwood.
“Camellias in our area begin blooming in the fall and continue throughout the winter, when few other plants are in flower,” added Greenwood. “We invite people to come and enjoy the beautiful blooms at the show and add camellias to their own landscape!”
The show will also have floral arrangements on display to showcase camellias, along with educational presentations to highlight the varieties of camellia and proper care instructions. Additionally, raffles will be held for a chance to win camellias.
According to the Ocala Camellia Society, several members have dozens and even hundreds of plants, while some members have only one or two shrubs. Two members actually grow over 2,500 plants on their nine-acre property.
Longtime club member Laura Perdomo stated that it doesn’t matter how many camellias you have. “Whether you like having one camellia or dozens, what’s important is that you enjoy the plant, appreciate its blooms, and have fun with it in your landscape.”
The Ocala Camellia Society meets at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, from September through March, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office South Multi-District Office located at 3260 SE 80th Street in Ocala.
These monthly meetings have guest speakers on a variety of gardening-related topics and subjects of particular interest to camellia growers. Newcomers are welcome and invited to attend.