Conventions & Camellia Celebrations
Find out about events at Massee Lane Gardens and in the camellia world.
Visit Massee Lane Gardens, the Historic Headquarters of the American Camellia Society! Call (877) 422-6355 for questions, tour reservations and event registration information.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Open 7 days a week in February, (Call for Holiday Hours)
- Admission: $5 for Adults; Free for Members, Children under 12 and Tour Bus Drivers; $4 for Seniors 55+ (Admission discounts available with membership card for Flint Energies Co-op Connection Members, AAA Members, and Peach Chamber of Commerce Members)
- Self Guided Tours: Guests can view an informative video on the history and features of Massee Lane Gardens. An easy to follow map of the gardens and galleries allows guests to tour the gardens at their own pace.
- Professionally Guided Tours: Available Tuesday through Friday for groups of 10 or more by appointment for $5 per guest (includes admission and guide). Call toll free to schedule a tour for your group! (877) 422-6355
- Learn More! Click on the "Gardens" menu option above to learn more about Massee Lane Gardens.
- Pet Friendly! Leashed pets welcome in the gardens. (Galleries off limits to pets.)
- Gift Shop and Plant Shop. The Massee Lane Gardens Gift Shop is open year round with an eclectic mix of camellia grafting, pruning and rooting supplies, camellia care books, decorative housewares, camellia art and jewelry, stationary, and educational children's toys. Live camellia plants in three gallon pots are available from October 1 - April 30. American Camellia Society Members receive a ten percent discount on all purchases.
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Festival of Camellias: Celebrate Massee Lane Gardens' 50th Anniversary
Massee Lane Gardens has been home to the most unique camellia collection in Georgia for half a century. The historic gardens became the headquarters of the American Camellia Society in 1968, preserving and promoting old and new camellias. Camellias of nearly every species, form and color bloom from October through April. Admission includes self-guided tours of seven specialty gardens and two museum galleries showcasing the largest collection of Boehm porcelain sculptures on public display in the United States.
The Festival of Camellias is celebrated every day in February, with the gardens also open on Mondays. Free admission is offered all day on Saturday February 2, 2019 with free face painting, scavenger hunts with prizes, and an art activity for children. A food truck will offer lunch and snacks.
Guided tours and boxed lunches are available for groups on weekdays. Each Monday, a different variety of tea will be offered to highlight the world’s most famous camellia species: Camellia sinensis, the common tea plant. Programs on camellias in the landscape, camellia waxing and camellia care will be offered on Wednesdays. Saturday activities include art in the garden with a paint class, photography walk, workshop on tea, tea mug painting class, competitive flower show, presentation by a camellia guidebook author, and yoga in the gardens. Click here for more details!
Camellia Judging ClassesBecoming a camellia show judge is a great way to become more involved in camellia care and culture. Judges must be ACS members in good standing and participate in a re-accredation course every five years.
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Click here to find a judge training class near you!
New ACS Camellia Show Rules and Regulations Now Available
The ACS Judging Program has produced a new Camellia Show Rules and Regulations booklet which updates the governing procedures and judging of American Camellia Society Cooperative Shows. All novice, accredited and emeritus judges will be receiving their booklet in the mail shortly. Please make sure that you read the new booklet before the new camellia season begins. Please call or email Lorie Huff with any questions about camellia show judging at 1-877-422-6355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Dates for Upcoming Meetings!
June 20-22, 2019: American Camellia Society Summer Business Meeting at Massee Lane Gardens
March 13-17, 2020: American Camellia Society Annual Conference, Norfolk Virginia
The 2020 ACS conference in Norfolk will visit Revolutionary War sites, and examine some revolutionary ideas for the future.
Revolutionary New Directions
Beginning Friday March 13, the Board meeting will conclude with an elegant President’s Reception/buffet dinner, overlooking the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.
Saturday March 14, we will have a boat tour, including passing through a system of locks, on the way to the Historic Waterways and Great Bridge Battlefield museum, lunch at Off the Hook, a Seafood Restaurant and Chop House, with some comments by a local historian, and a tour of the Chesapeake Arboretum, with 184 Camellia species and a couple of Stewartia, the American native camellia cousin.
Sunday March 15, is the Camellia Show at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, followed by an optional judges’ school, tour of the Hoffheimer Camellia Garden, an ICS Garden of Excellence. Back to the hotel for our banquet with speaker Michael DesPlaines, the director of NBG, who will speak of sustainability of public gardens, both in the face of climate change and with the need to attract younger visitors.
Monday March 16, it’s off to Gloucester, Virginia to visit Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, with a tour of the gardens, the facilities, and a talk by the charismatic Brent Heath over lunch. Then we’re off to Yorktown, Virginia to visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, a site that has both indoor exhibits and movies, and a living history museum where you can stroll through the campsite and visit a colonial period home of the era. Dinner across the York River, then back to the Marriott for a lovely snooze.
Tuesday March 17 is not such an early day! A tour of Bennett’s Creek Nursery with our own Bob Black as a guide, followed by lunch at Smithfield Station, overlooking the Pagan River.