|Camellia Festival Time Approaching|
Rare blooms feature in the Chiswick House Gardens annual event
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust brings a burst of colour to the winter season with the 4th annual Camellia Festival running from March 1st to 30th.
The Festival will take place in the Conservatory, a 300ft glasshouse designed by Samuel Ware in 1813 for the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Conservatory overlooks the semi-circular Italian Garden, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Admission is £8 - for details of opening hours and concessions, see below.
The Camellias on display are believed to be the oldest collection under glass in the Western world and include rare and historically important examples of these beautiful plants, many descended from the original planting in 1828.
Among them is the unique Middlemist’s Red, originally brought to Britain from China in 1804 by Londoner John Middlemist, a nurseryman from Shepherds Bush. It is one of only two in the world nown to exist – the other being in Waitangi in New Zealand.
The Festival Shop will be selling special Camellia inspired merchandise, including a limited edition print of their Camellia japonica ‘Incarnata’ by Sir Peter Blake, as well as a range of varieties of Camellia plants. The Chiswick House Café will be serving a seasonal menu.
All funds raised from the Festival support Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, the registered charity dedicated to the preservation and continued enhancement of Chiswick House Gardens,
February 23, 2014