Camellia Festival in Eden State Park

Special to The Log
Eden's very own camellia is called Virgie's Eden. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

The Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the camellia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington.

Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, enjoy a camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering, a camellia propagating technique, and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a master gardener and author of numerous gardening books.

Tentative schedule for the day in the Pavilion area:

10:15-11 a.m. — Presentation by Marie Harrison

11:15 a.m. to noon — Floral demonstration using camellias by Tim Ard of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts.

12:30 p.m. — Demonstrations on air-layering

1 p.m. — Waxing camellia blooms

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Graytones will perform at the stage area.

Camellias will be available for a donation from the nursery.

Living History re-enactors will also be present on the grounds during the festival.

Food vendors will be present on the grounds and picnic tables by Tucker Bayou are available for visitors use in the park.

This community event is free with paid admission to Eden Gardens State Park — donations made to the Friends of Eden are appreciated.