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Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association

Camellia Stroll 2019


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 February 24, 2019  Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Event Location: Across the street from the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station parking at  21549 Old Covington Hwy. Hammond, LA.

No charge to attendees  FREE ADMISSION OPEN TO EVERYONE       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 with 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 this collection 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 Station. Many of the camellias in this garden collection are from Mr. Wilson’s breeding program and may be the only ones of their kind. Mr. Wilson's two most well-known selections are "Mansize" and "Jerry Wilson.". In 1999, the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners took on as their project the cleanup and maintenance of the Hody Camellia Garden. Susan Spiller, a resident of Hammond ,  an enthusiastic Master Gardener who spent many hours cleaning up and caring for the camellias  until her death in 2001.  A memorial camellia named "Sweet Jane" was planted in the garden in 2002 in memory of Ms. Spiller.