Chiswick Camellias are a National Treasure

Come along to the 4th annual Camellia Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens and see a spectacular display of winter colour from 1 - 30 March.

Come along to the 4th annual Camellia Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens and see a spectacular display of winter colour from 1st to 30th March.

The Festival celebrates these beautiful flowers within the elegant Conservatory, a 300ft glasshouse designed by Samuel Ware in 1813 for the 6th Duke of Devonshire.

The Chiswick House Camellia collection, housed in the Conservatory, is a national treasure and believed to be the oldest collection under glass in the Western world. It includes rare and historically important examples of these beautiful plants, with a gorgeous array of blooms; pink, red, white and striped. Many of these are 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 known to exist – the other being in Waitangi in New Zealand.

Camellia japonica rubra at Chiswick House and Gardens        Camellia japonica pompone at chiswick House and Gardens
Camellia Japonica 'Rubra'                                 Camellia Japonica 'Pompone'

Camellia japonica Alba Plena at Chiswick House and Gardens        camellia japonica duc de bretagne at Chiswick House and Gardens
Camellia Japonica 'Alba Plena'                          Camellia Japonica 'Duc de Bretagne'

Photo credits: John Fielding

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