Armstrong State University Arboretum Camellia Gardens

Armstrong State University Arboretum Camellia Gardens

Armstrong State University Arboretum Camellia Gardens

Address 11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
Link http://www.armstrong.edu/Departments/arboretum/arboretum_welcome
Email philip.schretter@armstrong.edu
Phone (912) 344-2845
Hours of Operation Daylight hours, 7 days a week

About the Garden
Welcome to the Armstrong State University Arboretum. The Arboretum encompasses Armstrong’s 268-acre campus and displays a wide variety of shrubs and other woody plants.

Developed areas of campus contain native and introduced species of trees and shrubs. Most are labeled. Natural areas of campus contain plants typical in Georgia’s coastal broadleaf evergreen forests such as live oak, southern magnolia, red bay, horse sugar and sparkleberry.

Several plant collections have been established in the Arboretum, including a Camellia Garden, Conifer Garden, Fern Garden, Ginger Garden, Primitive Garden and an International Garden.


About the Camellia Collection
Total number of camellia plants:   200
Number of distinct camellia cultivars or species: 72 species

 
The Camellia Garden, located in front of Jenkins Hall on the Armstrong campus, was established to test the landscape potential of camellia species grown along the Georgia coast. We optimistically assumed that since Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua grow so well here, that at least some of the 280 other species of camellia would do well, too. Our 28,000 square foot garden contains over 50 species of camellia along with an interesting compliment of camellia relatives including the genera Eurya, Franklinia, Gordonia, Polyspora, Schima, and Ternstroemia.