University of West Florida Camellia Garden

University of West Florida Camellia Garden

University of West Florida Camellia Garden

Address 11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone (850) 776-7951
Hours of Operation Daylight hours

The UWF Camellia Garden is collaboration between the University of West Florida, The Pensacola Camellia Club and the UWF Retired Employee Association designed to showcase Pensacola registered varieties along with camellias from around the world. his garden was established in 2007 as a collaborative partnership as the University was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The newly formed UWF Retired Employees Association was searching for a lasting gift to the university to commemorate the occasion and the Pensacola Camellia Club was searching for a way to gather, protect and showcase a specimen of every camellia variety developed and registered by local Pensacola area hobbyists over the previous 70 years. The timing could not have been more perfect and within a few months a formal agreement was finalized. A memorandum of understanding assures the long-term care and upkeep of the garden by all three partners.

About the Camellia Collection
Total number of camellia plants:   138
Number of distinct camellia cultivars or species: 138

The first plantings at the UWF Camellia Garden began in the spring of 2008 and the official dedication took place in September of 2009. The garden is approximately two acres. Since then, 130 camellias have been added to the garden and many more will be added in the years to come. Although the primary focus of the garden is to showcase Pensacola varieties, other exceptional camellia varieties and species of particular interest are also included. There are approximately 110 known Pensacola varieties and we have located 90 so far with 20 of the older varieties still lost.

The Pensacola Camellia Club was established in 1937 and is one of the oldest clubs in US history. Since then, hobbyists have been busy trying to develop new camellia varieties worthy of being registered with the American Camellia Society. Some new varieties are the result of chance mutations of existing varieties, while others come from seeds with new DNA combinations either by chance or by controlled cross-pollination. New seedlings often require as many as ten years to produce their first bloom and so hobbyists must be patient.

Directions to the UWF Camellia Garden
Our usual advice is to stop at the Visitor's Center as one enters the campus from University Parkway. If you plan to visit UWF's Pensacola campus, please be sure to stop by the Visitors Center (Building 81) to obtain a visitor's parking permit and information about where to park. Parking permits are required for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, visitor's parking permits may be obtained at the UWF Police Station (Building 94).  If you decide to visit the garden on your own, then park in the lots marked W-Z (one can look East and see Escambia Bay). Once you walk up the hill you will arrive at the Camellia Garden.

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