Camellia, the elegant Asian 'Empress of Winter Flowers,' reigns at Descanso Gardens throughout the winter with a forest of vividly-colored flowers.
Descanso's extraordinary camellia collection, the largest in North America, thrives in 20 acres of dappled sunlight, filtered through canopies of mighty Coast Live Oaks. The collection includes thousands of tree-sized bushes planted six decades ago by founder E. Manchester Boddy, and smaller specimens planted in more recent years.
Some camellias began to bloom at Descanso in late September. Others will flower into spring. But in January and February they all come out to brighten the winter landscape. During that time thousands of experts and amateurs will celebrate the beauty with two months of flower shows, talks, walks and sales that lead to Descanso's annual Camellia Festival Feb. 23 to 26. Everything is open to the public and, with the exception of plant sales, free with Gardens admission.