Camellia Show Countdown Begins

Preparations are now well underway for the 2016 Camellia Show running from Thursday 11 February to Sunday 13 March 2016.

The Show, now in its 6th year, celebrates these beautiful blooms within the elegant Chiswick House Conservatory, a 300ft glasshouse designed by Samuel Ware in 1813 for the 6th Duke of Devonshire.

For the second year running the show remains free to the public. Chiswick House and Garden’s Trust Director, Clare O’Brien, says, 'We made admission free to the show last year as we wanted as many people as possible to come and enjoy the unique collection of Camellias and learn about their fascinating history. It was a resounding success with over 16,000 visitors – a record attendance, and over four times bigger than previous years. We were delighted that so many people recognised the importance of our work and gave a voluntary donation towards us keeping high standards of maintenance in the Grade I listed park.'

This year there will be another chance to buy Chiswick House’s heritage varieties and some specially selected spring flowers. The pop up shop will also be selling Camellia cards and other Camellia inspired merchandise. And the award winning Chiswick House Café will be serving a delicious seasonal menu.

The Chiswick House and Gardens Trust will be organising specially devised schools workshops during the show that will track the fascinating journey of the Camellias from China to Chiswick. Members of the public can also book garden tours on the history of the Grade 1 listed gardens, including the Conservatory.

volunteers preparing the camellias for the 2016 camellia show at Chiswick House and Gardens
Volunteers helping to prepare the camellias for the 2016 Camellia Show.

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