Camellia Show

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Don’t miss the

Camellia Society of Central Florida’s

76th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Mead Botanical Garden

FREE and Open to the public
1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789

Camellia Show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Plant Sale  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


 2023 Camellia Show Activity Schedule

7am – 9:45 a.m. Enter camellia blooms (ANYONE)!  Volunteers available to assist with registration. (Location: Mead Garden’s Azalea Lodge)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Camellias plants for sale.  (Location: in front of Mead Garden’s Azalea Lodge)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Camellia Show is officially OPEN to the public.  See hundreds of competition blooms up close! (Location: Mead Garden’s Azalea Lodge)

4 p.m. Camellia Show closes



South Seminole Farm and Nursery copy


Loch Laurel Nursery, Valdosta, Georgia


Mead Botanical Garden

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs


“How to Enter a Bloom for the First Time” Guide

The morning of the show or the day before the show, select for your entry a well-formed bloom without a blemish on any petals or deformity.    Clip the bloom with enough stem to emerge in a shallow 1 1/2 inch deep cup. Include at least one leaf (without blemishes) from the bush to be shown along with the bloom.  Be sure you gently shake off any insects as well.  Ants really like camellias blooms.  Do not store your selected camellia bloom(s) in the refrigerator (too much moisture and will brown the petals). Transport each bloom in a baby food jar size container filled halfway with water.  Don’t let the petals touch the water.  Bring the bloom to the show and seek out the “Receiving Room,” where we will assist you in filling out the entry card. The show staff will determine the correct name for the bloom if unknown.  The bloom will be put in a cup of water and placed in its corresponding division to be judged.

After the judging is complete the show will be opened to the public at 1 p.m.. At that time you may find your bloom and see how it fared with the competition.


Camellia Terms

Japonica: one of the most well-known species of Camellias. Originally from mainland China, Taiwan, southern Korea, and southern Japan.
Reticulata: a species of Camellia native to southwestern China, with usually large, loose blooms.
Hybrid: a cross between multiple Camellia species.
Sasanqua: a species of Camellia native to southern Japan, usually shrubby, and with varying petal types.
Miniatures: blooms that are 2 1/2 inches or less in size.
Seedlings: blooms from a non-registered variety of Camellia that is unique from previously registered varieties.
Mutants: blooms from a plant of an established variety of Camellia, that differ from the standard look of that
variety’s blooms.
Unprotected: Camellias grown outside, not in a greenhouse.
Untreated: Camellias grown naturally, without the use of gibberellic acid.
Treated: A bloom that has been treated with gibberellic acid (called gibbing).
Gibbing: The technique of applying gibberellic acid to a bloom to induce growing and size.


Click here to see 2018 Show Winners.

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