48th Annual Camellia Research Society Exhibition
Written by Sandy Marker
Saturday and Sunday 8/9th July was the 48th Annual Camellia Research Society’s exhibition and ASTA is proud to say we were invited to display Sogetsu ikebana.
Thirteen members displayed works many using camellias from their own garden. On that note of camellias in our gardens, 3 members exhibited camellia for judging with Elizabeth Fuller gaining prizes for six camellia varieties Dr Tinsley, Kamo Hon ami, Cho Cho San, Aspasia Macarther, Moshio and Prince Eugene Napoleon. I entered two camellias Reflecting Wave (the camellia Bob Cherry propagated for the ASTA 50th Anniversary released 2010) and Tinsie, a small red camellia with a huge centre. Margaret Hall entered into the novice with Tama-no-ura, no awards were given just achievement of their participation in a successful exhibition.
I have attended this exhibition many times and it still astounds me the vast number of camellias that can grow in Sydney. The program contained one hundred and eighty five (185) categories for judging. The six varieties I have in my garden pales into insignificant when seeing the sea of blooms.
Please enjoy the selection of images below of what our members had on display.