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  Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association

Camellia Stroll

The Camellia Stroll is an annual event co-sponsored by the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association and the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Event Location: Parking at Hammond Research Station and  Hody Wilson Camellia Garden located  across the street from the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

No charge to attendees  FREE ADMISSION OPEN TO EVERYONE    Parking: parking at  21549 Old Covington Hwy. Hammond, LA.    Buses: please call prior to event to reserve parking 985-543-4125

The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners' annual Camellia Garden Stroll's spotlight is the tour of the Hody Wilson Camellia Garden. The event includes camellia plant sales, expert speakers, and several educational and informational activities related to horticulture and camellias.

The Camellia Stroll features the impressive two-acre, Walter F. 'Hody' Wilson Garden located under towering pine trees featuring more than 450 named varieties and about 200 unnamed seedlings of Camellia japonicas (known as camellias) and Camellia sasanquas (known as sasanquas).

Most of the camellias in the this camellia garden were planted in the late 1930s through the early 1950s by W. F. “Hody” Wilson Jr., superintendent of the Station from the mid-1930s until 1975.

Mr. Wilson was internationally known for his camellia breeding during his time at the Hammond Research Station. Many camellias in this garden collection are from Mr. Wilson’s personal breeding program and may be the only ones of their kind including "Man-size" and "Jerry Wilson."

 In 1999, the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association took on as their project a cleanup and maintenance of the Hody Camellia Garden. A memorial camellia named "Sweet Jane" was planted in the garden in 2002 in memory of Susan Spiller, a resident of Hammond and enthusiastic Master Gardener who spent many hours cleaning up and caring for the camellias until her death in 2001. Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association members continue to assist LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station in the maintenance of the garden under the expert leadership of master gardener, John Grimm.


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