Columbus to host camellia show

kholland@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 6, 2011 

  • RULES FOR ENTERING BLOOMS

    1. The show will be conducted in accordance with the American Camellia Society rules.

    2. Entries (open to all amateur growers) will be received from 7-10 a.m. Saturday.

    3. There is no limit on number of blooms and exhibitor may enter.

    4. Ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of judges, and judges’ decisions are final.

    5. One bloom to a stem, one or two leaves, stems two inches or less.

    6. If only one bloom of a variety is entered, it shall constitute a class.

    7. A bloom may receive only one award.

    8. All blooms with multiple names will be exhibited as representatives of one variety. The authority for classification will be the latest edition of the SCCS Nomenclature. Where a bloom is classified to include two sizes, the smaller size shall determine the award class, except in miniatures.

    9. Exhibitors are requested to circle correct sizes for japonicas on green entry cards and use designated color cards for reticulatas.

    10. Camellias grown with an man-made protection shall not compete with those grown in the open.

    11. The Show Committee reserves the right to reject any blooms that are obviously inferior quality.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society’s first Camellia Show

    When: Bloom submissions will be accepted 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday; public viewing is 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

    Where: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road

    Cost: Free

    Call: Minnie Bradley at 706-322-6903 or Mary Elsie Martin at 706-323-0069

Columbus’ first camellia show in more than 50 years comes to the Columbus Museum next weekend. The newly formed Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society is hosting the event, which is sanctioned by the America Camellia Society, as a way to share the beauty of camellias.

“We think it will add a great deal to the offering of wonderful things in Columbus,” said president and founder of the CVCS Sam Wellborn, adding that this is an event they plan to host annually. Wellborn is former chairman of the Synovus Foundation and a retired president of CB&T.

When the society was founded last year, it had two main purposes in mind: to promote the love of camellias through educational presentations and to put on shows, Wellborn said.

A unique feature of camellias is that they bloom during the winter, when most flowers are dormant. This makes the South one of the premiere areas for growing camellias.

Though Wellborn said camellias have always been important to him, he only started growing them himself about five years ago. He currently has 115 camellia plants in his yard, though he’s always on the look out for more. Recently, one of his blooms won an award at an out-of-town camellia show.

“(Camellia) shows happen every week in some city during the blooming season,” which is late October through April, said Wellborn.

He expects about 1,000 blooms to be on display next weekend, 30 of which will receive awards. The judging will take place prior to the opening of the show Saturday. At that time the public will be welcome to look at all the blooms, which will be displayed in clear dishes on black-clothed tables.

“The whole thing is nothing but beauty,” Wellborn said.

Katie McCarthy, 706-571-8515

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