Tidewater Camellia Club
The Student Camellia Art Project was started in 2006 when the students of Parsley Elementary School were asked to draw pictures of camellias to be displayed at the Tidewater Camellia Club show in February of that year. From this beginning the program has been expanded to include seven schools in the 2012 Annual Show. Initially the students produced only paintings, but in recent years they have expanded to include ceramics. Because of the uninhibited nature of the children, there is a wide interpretation of what a camellia looks like'
Each year for the Annual Camellia Show, the Tidewater Camellia Club invites local garden clubs and florists to submit floral displays. Typically about ten clubs/florists enter displays which are prominently displayed at our show. The displays are not judged and each display must contain at least one Camellia. If the exhibitors do not have any camellias, the Tidewater Club will provide them. The originality and beauty of the displays is surely one of the highlights of our annual show.
The Tidewater Camellia Club has a program designed to include camellias in the landscaping of New Hanover County Schools. It purpose is not only to beautify the school campus, but also to (1) instruct the students on how to choose and prepare the area in which to plant a camellia, (2) how to plant the camellia and (3) how to care for the camellia once the plant is in the ground. Camellias are very desirable because they bloom in the winter when the schools will always be in session.