We were proud to host the” Cornwall head gardeners group” Camellia propagation workshop yesterday.
Delegates were nominated by their head gardener and included many volunteers. The day took the format of Mr john price, retired camellia nurseryman and with over 50 years of experience, demonstrating his knowledge, gleaned from his travels around the world, on grafting camellia mainly Reticulata. Two methods were demonstrated one being Cleft grafting and the other approach grafting.
Next up was Bee Robson, editor of the International camellia societies annual journal, who spoke about her work at Heligan from the beginning where there were little records and even less plants identified to them gaining a national collection of historic camellia and rhododendron. Bee described the process via the use of old nursery catalogues, the RHS Lindley library and hours of painstaking research. We also discussed the “Camellia data collection project” which Bee is steer heading and we are involved in.
A pasty lunch kindly sponsored by the Cornwall garden society was enjoyed followed by Jim Stephens, 27 years at Duchy of Cornwall nursery, and his talk on all things camellia propagation from cuttings, to seed to layering.
A brilliant and informative day was had by all.
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