Camellia Show slated Saturday, Sunday

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Paul Huerkamp of Pearl River, whose flowers won 31 first place awards, was the sweepstakes winner for unprotected camellias during the Ozone Camellia Club?s 63rd Ozone Camellia Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. The event, dedicated to Elizabeth Schneider, featured the camellia show, in cooperation with the American Camellia Society, an art show and the presentation of the Camellia Court. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Paul Huerkamp of Pearl River, whose flowers won 31 first place awards, was the sweepstakes winner for unprotected camellias during the Ozone Camellia Club?s 63rd Ozone Camellia Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. The event, dedicated to Elizabeth Schneider, featured the camellia show, in cooperation with the American Camellia Society, an art show and the presentation of the Camellia Court.

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society will hold its annual Camellia Show on Saturday and Sunday at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the site, 4560 Essen Lane. Judging of the American Camellia Society-sponsored show is closed.

Exhibitors are invited to submit bloom entries to the show from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. There are special categories for local growers with 25 plants or less, varieties introduced prior to 1900 and those varieties that were introduced by Vi and Hank Stone, of Baton Rouge, in addition to categories for Japonicas, Other Species, Best White and more.

About 1,000 blooms are expected to be on exhibit at the show, and there also will be camellias available for purchase. Proceeds from the sales support the Burden Museum & Gardens, which includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and Windrush Gardens.

For more information, contact Kenn Campbell at (225) 923-1697 or kennbc@cox.net.

BRCS promotes growing camellias and teaches horticultural practices related to growing camellias, including propagation and cultivar identification.

For more information about the show or the society, visit camellias-acs.com/display.aspx?catid=7,125,196&pageid=607 or facebook.com/brcamellias.

For more information about the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, contact Jeff Kuehny at (225) 763-3990 or jkuehny@agcenter.lsu.edu or Sonya Gordon at sgordon@agcenter.lsu.edu or visit discoverburden.com or lsuagcenter.com/burden.