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Camellia Demonstration & Lecture by Robert Herald

Photo by Jonathan Ley

Camellias: The Revival of an Aristocrat

Join horticulturalist Robert Herald in a visual exploration of camellias. Robert will discuss the full subject of flower types, flowering times, camellia culture (including pruning), landscape uses and companion plantings.

During the 19th century, camellias were considered a “Queen of Flowers” and often compared to the beauty of a rose. Native to Japan, China and SE Asia, their elegant waxy blossoms appear during the grayest months of the year – from October to April. Essentially insect & pest resistant, drought tolerant, and easily pruned, camellias provide so much for so little care and attention. Unfortunately, this regal group of garden shrubs is often overlooked for a more “modern” palette.

Let’s learn why the camellia was so valued by Japanese & Chinese gardeners. It’s time that we celebrate camellias again!

Before or after this event, enjoy the Oregon Camellia Society exhibition being held March 30 – 31 at Portland Japanese Garden in the Yanai Classroom.


Photo by Kathy Lintault

About the speaker

Robert Herald has been gardening his entire life. Beginning in his mother’s garden, Robert has had a life long passion for all plants ornamental. He received a degree in botany from Iowa Sate University with an emphasis in taxonomy and ornamental horticulture. Robert has spent most of his professional career working in public horticulture with a short stint as owner of a garden design and maintenance business. He began his professional horticultural career at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Here he worked for 17 years – first as a curatorial assistant and then as a head gardener. During his time at Longwood, he also taught two 7-week, adult education courses focusing on ornamental shrubs, their identification, care and garden merits.

In 2004, he took the new job opportunity to develop a modern plant records system at the Chanticleer Foundation, also in Pennsylvania. He spent the following 7 years cataloging and mapping their species-rich horticultural displays. Robert has broad experience working with a wide range of plants, and he has lectured and taught courses on a variety of horticultural topics.