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Peckerwood Garden Open Day with special guest lecture

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Visitors enjoy 1-hour guided tours of the garden led by knowledgeable docents, exploring key collections such as the Mexican oaks and magnolias. Seasonal highlights are featured and there is the opportunity to purchase many of the plants from the garden at our nursery on Open Days. Refreshments are available, and parking and plant sale admission is free.

Peckerwood Garden Open Day hours are 10:00-3:00 pm. Guided tours are offered approximately every 1/2 hour from 10 am and 2 pm, and you may reserve a place in the hour of your choice in advance. Purchase Tickets

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Special Guest speaker at 11 am

David Parks, owner of Camellia Forest Nursery “Camellia azalea hybridization in China”

November 12, 11:00 am (concurrent with our Open Day)

Free with Open Day admission

If you collect rare and unusual woody plants, Camellia Forest Nursery needs no introduction. This Chapel Hill, NC nursery is the premier source of Camellia species and hybrids combined with a vast array of hard-to-find woody plants. Many collector trees and shrubs have been introduced through their own introductions, both from their international plant explorations and in-house nursery selections. Many Camellia Forest acquisitions figure prominently in Peckerwood’s landscapes. Owner David Parks will be visiting Peckerwood coinciding with our November 12th Open Day and we are excited to announce his willingness to present a lecture that day at 11:00 am, at no additional cost beyond our regular open day admission.

David will be presenting on “Camellia azalea hybridization in China”. If you aren’t familiar withCamellia azalea, the confusing name may lead you to believe that two different plants are being referenced, or taking the talk’s title into context, that two unrelated plants, azaleas (which are Rhododendrons) and Camellias are being somehow hybridized. Actually, Camellia azalea is a naturally-occurring species, and arguably one of the most stunningly beautiful. More often used in Southeast Asian landscapes, Camellia azalea is still quite unknown in the US, and when available, usually fetches a high price due to the demand among collectors. The intensely glowing red flowers are quite large and contrast sharply with the blackish green foliage, putting this species in a class of its own. From a distance, a specimen in flower does indeed look more like some type of Rhododendron you would expect to see thriving only in Oregon or Washington State, yet it is naturally from a quite warm subtropical climate. Though in itself a stand-alone winner, I was excited to hear of the hybridization efforts in China utilizing the wonderful traits of this species for incorporating into new and improved cultivars. As a hopeless plant geek, I am anxious to hear and see David’s elaboration on this topic. This talk should be of great interest to any true plant enthusiast, not to mention a great opportunity to meet the owner of one of the world’s premier collector nurseries.

Tour fee is $10 per person. Peckerwood Garden Foundation members are always welcome, free of charge, to participate in Open Days tours.

Members, please sign up here for you and your guests: Member Registration

Open Day and tour Volunteers please register here: Volunteer Registration

Private tours

Private tours may be scheduled most days. Tour fee is $15 per person with details available here. Lunch may be organized in the garden with a scheduled tour. Our nursery is available for your use throughout your visit.

Nursery visits

Visits tour our nursery may be scheduled most days and is always open during events and private tours. Call for availability.

Unfortunately, baby strollers, and pets are not allowed in the garden due to the delicate and sharp plants and small uneven pathways. Garden entry is by guided tour only. For more information about our Open Days and events, please contact us. Service animals with identification are allowed.



November 12, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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20559 FM 359 Road
Hempstead, 77445
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