The Southern California Camellia Society was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1946 by a group of camellia lovers who wanted to share their enthusiasm about this evergreen plant with its beautiful blooms. Over the years those original founders and their successors have been instrumental in importing reticulatas from China, japonicas from Japan and, more recently, scions and seeds from Vietnam, Burma and other Asian countries. Interest grew and camellia hobbyists began meeting regularly to share information, camellia scions, good soil mix recipes, learn new ways to prune and graft and develop life-long friendships. Camellia show were begun and hobbyists have continued to enjoy friendly competition with other hobbyists. Shows and meetings are and have always been open to the public without charge.
The Society has continued to meet on a regular basis and now meets at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. The two camellia shows at Descanso Gardens and Huntington Gardens are hosted by the Society during the camellia season draws camellia lovers from San Diego to Sacramento to participate. The public in invited at now charge and Society members are available to answer questions. Click the “meetings” and “show schedule” links.