Every year we try to make it the annual Camellia Stroll hosted by the LSU Agricultural Center in our town. I think it has been nearly 3 or 4 years since we visited. Determined as ever, however, from the moment we woke up Sunday -- it was a serious rat nasty downpour. It felt as if Winter really was making a fuss about giving up it's grip this year. Fortunately, for about 2 hours the skies cleared, the sun beamed and we scurried across town.
The garden boast 450 cultivars of camellias, many found no where else but in this garden. Originally planted in the 1940's and 50's by Hody Wilson; the garden now bears his name.
The ground, a little soggy still, wasn't much bother as the garden was decked out in dewy drops like jewels. Most of the crowds stayed away. It almost was our own private garden, with the exception of many very busy bees.
The garden was rescued in the late 90's and is now cared for by the Parish's Master Gardener program. They were on hand to answer questions and host a really nice Camellia sale.
It was fun to explore, in a sense, our own backyard - no matter how brief. And with certainty, I can say Spring is on it's way!