Bicentenary of Camellias in Australia

Celebrate 200 years of camellias in Australia at an afternoon of talks at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Two hundred years ago in 1823, Charles Frazer, the first superintendent of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens, supervised the first planting of a recorded collection of camellias in New South Wales, under the Vice-Regal patronage of Lady Brisbane, wife of Governor Brisbane.

Soon camellias would captivate the colonial pioneers and begin an important chapter in Australian horticulture. Stephen Utick, Visiting Curator Theaceae, is hosting an afternoon of talks looking at camellias and their incredible contribution to our gardens and culture over the decades, from colonial days till the present.

The lectures will take place on Wednesday July 12 from 2pm-4.30pm at the Maiden Theatre, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The event is hosted by the Foundations and Friends. Tickets $35 ($30 for members). To book follow this link.

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