COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, July 18, 2016—Historic Columbia, in partnership with Dan Clayton of Paradise Plants Plus, is offering an indoor, hands-on garden workshop focusing on off-season camellia care at the historic Seibels House and Garden from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30.
Join Historic Columbia and expert camellia gardener Dan Clayton to learn the intricacies of planting, pruning and propagation of this classic genus. The workshop will highlight the history and significance of camellias and will equip participants with the knowledge to cultivate their own award winning camellias. After the workshop, guests are invited to explore the Seibels House garden, which features one of the largest camellia collections in South Carolina.
“Most landscapes in the south have at least one camellia,” said Keith Mearns, Historic Columbia’s horticulturist. “The Seibels House is one of the oldest houses in Columbia dating back to around 1796. It is the perfect location for a camellia workshop – especially since there are more than 60 different varieties of camellias in the garden, most established in the early 20th century.
Clayton is well known in the gardening community for beginning his business by taking cuttings of historic camellias from Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, which has one of the largest collections of camellias in the world. Clayton will have several varieties of camellias for sale, all of which were propagated from Magnolia Plantation cuttings.
The Seibels House is located at 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201.
About Historic Columbia:
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.