Tidewater Camellia Club
Tidewater Camellia Club and the Cape Fear Garden Club, proudly completed The Camellia Education Garden. This garden was developed at the New Hanover County Arboretum in November 2009 as an educational tool to highlight the exceptional beauty and diversity of the Camellia. The garden walk design incorporates 36 different camellias into the Specimen Tree Area of the Arboretum and highlights the diverse flower forms, sizes, colors and history of this exceptional plant. This effort was helped in part by a grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club.
In February of 2012, the Tidewater Camellia Club completed a civic improvement project at the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course located off of Pine Grove Drive in Wilmington. The club donated and planted five japonica camellias on the east side of the club house. They provide both a foundation planting and winter color that is visible to the public golf course’s golfers as they finish the 9th hole. This project is part of an on-going TCC effort to both beautify our local public facilities and to spread awareness of the camellia’s local heritage.
The Tidewater Camellia Club has completed its collection of the American Camellia Yearbook in May 2009 and the collection of the Camellia Journalin 2010. Both the Yearbook and the Journal rom the original 1946 volumes through the present have been placed in a collection at the New Hanover Public Library Special Collections section. The yearbooks will be open to the public for viewing on request. This full collection is one of the few nationwide collections available to the public.
In 2010, Tidewater Camellia Club teamed with The Wilmington Art Association to sponsor a local art competition titled The Art of the Camellia. Forty local artists submitted entries to the competition and the entries were displayed at the Wilmington Art Gallery. Additionally, the top three award winners were displayed at the 61st Annual Tidewater Camellia Show.
Sixty-Nine Camellia Varieties were identified by Tidewater Camellia Club as originating in the Lower Cape Fear Region and registered with the American Camellia Society. The purpose of this project is to locate these varieties, propagate them and get them into the community at large before they are lost to us forever. To date, we have located 15 of these varieties.
Tidewater Camellia Club's fall 2009 Camellia Show was held at the now private Orton Plantation. Prior to its privatization, Tidewater worked with the plantation's owners to preserve and identify Orton hybridized and registered camellias in their camellia garden. Tidewater has actively worked to preserve other significant local private and public camellia gardens such as Airlie, Oakdale Cemetery and the New Hanover Arboretum.
In partnership with Pender East Ministerial Association and Habitat For Humanity, the Tidewater Camellia Club offered two camellia plants for the Fall Festival plant sale on October 13, 2012. Proceeds for the festival will help support our local Habitat's mission to provide decent, affordable shelter