Chiswick Camellias on Gardeners' World

Watch out for the Chiswick House camellias on BBC2 Gardeners' World on 23 March.

The Chiswick House Camellia Collection is to be featured in an episode of BBC2 Gardeners’ World due to be broadcast at 8.30pm on 23 March.

The camellias are on display as part of the annual Chiswick House Camellia Festival (until 18 March) in the splendid restored Conservatory at Chiswick House and Gardens in west London.

The festival is a celebration of the over thirty historic Camellia bushes that are considered to be one of the most important Camellia collections in the world. It includes rare and historically important examples of these beautiful plants, with a fabulous 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.

The episode of BBC2 Gardeners' World will be available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after broadcast.

Camellias in the restored Conservatory at Chiswick House and Gardens

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