Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Camellia House at The Planting Fields Arboretum

Turn off the television news and head out for one of the most precious jewels on Long Island, the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park & Coe Hall in Oyster Bay. Click on "Planting Fields Arboretum" for more information.Walk through the open door and into the Camellia House.Inside are about 300 Camellia trees and shrubs that defy imagination. Their magical colors and beautiful glistening leaves transport you to another time and place.The paths are lined with flowering heritage Camellia trees and shrubs,that are being given new life as they are lovingly transplanted into fresh soil, inside their planting beds.The green house is visited by many photographers and artists who spend countless hours studying the blooms and capturing their beauty.During the 1920's the Camellia house was constructed and the collection started. To read more about the architecture click on the word "constructed."
This particular Camellia is in a pot and has the largest blooms in the green house.The purest white flowers adorn this Camellia plant,
while this shrub had harlequin striped blooms.
Just by turning a corner, you are surprised by a tree that has many blooms of completely different colors.As if all this were not enough, the end wall of the Camellia house has a staircase to nowhere, covered with climbing fig leaves, and hanging Cyclamen pots.Click here for information about visiting the Camellia House at the Planting Fields State Arboretum. Bring a camera or some water color paints.


Elizabeth said...

Very lovely.
I miss Planting Fields - it's a great joy to see it here.

Anonymous said...

the camelias are beautiful.. you're some photographer... love,carole

this is my patch said...

I always enjoy to see camellias like this, en masse. I took one one out of my garden, it just didn't look right by itself. x

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