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Pensacola Camellia Club will resume activities beginning its season with an annual picnic at the Garden Center, 1850 N. 9th Avenue, on Monday August 21.  This is a social event, with no long speeches ,and a pot luck picnic.  Entrée of fried chicken will be provided by the club and members and guests will bring a dish to share.  Social time is begins at 6:00 and picnic supper begins at 6:30.  Reservations are required by Monday August 14.  Call Jerri Smith at 850-932-2889 for details and reservations.  Interested persons are cordially invited.  It’s a good way to start the camellia season.  The solar eclipse will be completed by mid-afternoon that day and the picnic is a rain-or-shine event at the Garden Center.


Saturday January 27 Camellia workshop and camellia plant sale at YMCA, 3215 Langley Avenue 9 a.m. to noon.  There will be demonstrations of camellia grafting, camellia pruning, camellia bloom identification as well as sales of desirable camellia plants.  Come and learn from the camellia experts.  Free.


Tuesday February 20. Membership meeting and election of officers.  Garden Center   6:30 p.m.  7:00 program to be announced.


Saturday February 24.  Camellia garden tours and camellia plant sales at UWF Camellia Garden and one other location to be announced.  9:00 a.m. to noon.  Free.


Saturday March 3 Community Camellia Show and Plant Sale at West Florida Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. downtown Pensacola.  This show is for the “average” camellia grower who has not won prizes at American Camellia Society sponsored camellia shows.  (Experts will bring blooms for education only) Camellia club will have members to assist with identification and placement of blooms.  There are even prizes for “unknown” camellia blooms. Camellia plant sales begin at 9:00 am so come early for best selection.  Bloom entry begins at 8:30 a.m.  Public viewing from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday March 20—Camellia Club Installation banquet and rare camellia plant auction.  Location and cost to be announced.  Interested public is cordially invited.


Tuesday April 17—Membership meeting Garden Center.  6:30 p.m. social/refreshment time.  7:00 p.m.  Program to be announced.


The Pensacola Camellia Club was chartered in 1935 and antedates the American Camellia Society by eight years.  It is the oldest camellia club in the U. S. and one of the largest with approximately 300 members.  The Camellia Club is proud to maintain the UWF Camellia Garden and shares responsibility with UWF Retired Employees Association and the University.  Improvements, valued at $70,000, at the UWF Camellia Garden were dedicated on Valentine’s Day.  These improvements included construction of a border around the gardens, installation of walkways and benches within the gardens and lighting within and at the borders of the gardens.

The PCC also provides a local service of free advice regarding camellia care, including house-calls if problems necessitate.   For membership and additional information see or call Norman Vickers, PCC Publicity chair, at 850-484-9183.


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