Ever wondered how Thomson came to be known as the Camellia City of the South? Come to our Camellia Seminar and find out. The McDuffie Master Gardeners have planned a wonderful program on camellias to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Location for the seminar will be the Thomson McDuffie County Library. Pre-register early to win a free camellia.
Thomson Mayor Bob Knox has agreed to start the program with the history behind Thomson's coming to be known as the Camellia City of the South. We've also asked Mayor Knox to give us an update on the Rotary's plans to develop a camellia garden in downtown Thomson.
Following Mayor Knox will be Lee Poe and Jim Stutts to present detailed information on the general culture of camellias. Both gentlemen are active members of the Aiken Chapter of the American Camellia Society. Mr. Poe is President of the Atlantic Coast Camellia Society and also a member of the Gulf Coast Camellia Society.
In addition to general culture, propagation will be covered for those who wish to increase their plantings from existing stock or just wish to share with friends. Detailed handouts will be available for future reference. Come and get the information you need to have beautiful camellia plantings on your property. The next several months following the seminar would be the ideal time for starting new plantings.
The first 25 non-Master Gardeners to register for the seminar and attend will receive a free camellia provided by McCorkle Nurseries. Register by calling the McDuffie County Extension Service at 595-1815.