Let Us Help You Identify Your Camellias!

Let Us Help You Identify Your Camellias!

Everyone wants to know the names of their camellias, but that is not an easy task to accomplish. Maybe, you bought a home with lots of old camellias, but you don’t have a clue as to what varieties are in

Cecil Lynn was a Good Man!

Cecil Lynn was a Good Man!

When I was growing up, my dad had lots of camellia friends that frequently stopped by to visit him. Cecil Lynn was one of those amazing people that I got to know back then. Daddy was a disabled veteran with

A Man Named Ray

A Man Named Ray

When I was growing up in Savannah, my daddy had many camellia friends that became like family to me. Probably, the one that I remember and treasure the most was Ray Bailey. He was my daddy’s best friend, and he

The Difference Between ‘Pink Perfection’ and ‘Otome’

The Difference Between ‘Pink Perfection’ and ‘Otome’

Probably the most popular camellia in America is an old japonica called ‘Pink Perfection’. According to the Southern California Camellia Society’s Nomenclature, this old favorite camellia was imported into Sacramento, California from Japan in 1875. Before we began calling it

The Fireman and the Camellia Grower

The Fireman and the Camellia Grower

Growing up in Savannah, I soon realized that my home town is a very historic site in America. After all, General Oglethorpe founded our fair city in 1733 and that’s a very long time ago. Every Sunday when I was

Four Georgia Crackers in California by Judge Arthur Solomon

Four Georgia Crackers in California by Judge Arthur Solomon

This is the story about a trip to California made by four Georgia Crackers. One was none other than Mr. John Illeges, donor of the Illges Medal, who resides at “Plumfield,” in one of those Ionic column mansions at Columbus.

Heaven on Earth: The Gordy Garden in Ocala

Heaven on Earth: The Gordy Garden in Ocala

All across the country, Florida is known as the vacation capital of America. From Disney World to Sea World, people travel from destinations near and far to experience these wonderful attractions . Just a little south of Gainesville, is the

Savannah’s Real Lone Ranger!

Savannah’s Real Lone Ranger!

I am sure that many of you are old enough to remember the TV Show called the Lone Ranger. It was always one of my favorites growing up in the pre-cable era. It was a time when you could always

Greenhouses Long Ago!

Greenhouses Long Ago!

My daddy loved his camellias. He loved them so much that he built greenhouses to protect his babies from the cold. When I was growing up, I just kind of figured this was what all camellia growers did, and back

The Trials and Tribulations of a Collector: by Judge Arthur Solomon

The Trials and Tribulations of a Collector: by Judge Arthur Solomon

Note: Judge Solomon was one of America’s foremost camellia pioneers, and his garden in Savannah contained one of the finest private collection ever assembled in this country. Even though he traveled the world in search of the perfect camellias, he