Camellia Festival Success

The Festival saw over 2,000 visitors who came to admire and enjoy the wonderful Camellia plants.

Celebrating 200 years of the Chiswick House Conservatory

Peter Blake, Britain's best-loved artist, was the special guest at the press preview of the third annual Chiswick House Camellia Festival. Sir Peter generously created a limited edition print of Camellia japonica 'Incarnata' (still available to purchase - see link on right). The Festival saw over 2,000 visitors who came to admire and enjoy the wonderful Camellia plants. Camellias are known as the Queen of Winter Flowers. Their rarity and astonishing colours ranging from pure white through pinks, reds and variegated stripes, have made them highly prized by collectors and create a splash of vibrant colour in a winter landscape.

Chiswick's collection is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country and certainly the oldest in the West. Many of the plants are descended from the original planting in 1828. By the 1840s, the camellia was at the height of its fashion as the luxury flower. The Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died young in 1847 inspired Dumas' La Dame aux Camélias and Verdi's La Traviata. Famously, the white camellia was Coco Chanel's favourite flower, adored for its regular perfection and classical order of its pure white petals, which became her emblem.

This year's festival celebrated these beautiful blooms in the setting of the spectacular Chiswick House Conservatory, created 200 years ago for the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1813.

Visitors admiring the flowers at the Chiswick House Camellia Festival

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