Monday, February 14, 2011

Camellia Weekend at Planting Fields Featuring Camellia Expert, Charles Cresson, 2/26 and 2/27

Saturday, February 26th & Sunday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Camellia House and Coe Hall

10:00am Camellia Greenhouse & Coe Hall open
11:00am Vincent Simeone talks about camellias
12:00pm Flautists performance
1:00pm Vincent Simeone talks about camellias
3:00pm Flautists performance
4:00pm Camellia House closes
All day How to paint camellias demonstrations
Periwinkles Café at Haybarn will be open 11:00am - 3:00pm

10:00am – 4:00pm, $5 per person

Members and children are free
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for children and their families included
Children’s crafts and caricaturist at Coe Hall all day
2:00pm – Lecture in the Great Hall
Charles Cresson, camellia expert and horticultural
lecturer, "Growing Hardy Camellias"
Camellia costume jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane for sale

Choosing Hardy Camellias for Spring and Fall
Recent breeding breakthroughs have transformed the fabled camellia from a southern jewel into a hardy landscape plant. These easily grown evergreen shrubs produce months of bloom in both spring and autumn. On Long Island they thrive in shade, tolerating heat and drought. Learn how to select and grow the best varieties in your garden.

Charles Cresson has been growing camellias outdoors in his garden, near Philadelphia, for 40 years and has been trialing the hardier introductions for over 20 years. He is also a garden designer, consultant, photographer and author. He studied horticulture at the University of Vermont and the University of Bath in England and has worked for the Royal Horticultural Society and W. Atlee Burpee Co. as well as several public gardens. He is the award winning author of 3 books, Charles Cresson on the American Flower Garden, Ornamental Trees and Rock Gardening. In 2001, Cresson was awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Certificate of Merit.

CALL FOR INFORMATION: (516) 922-8682 or email:

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