About the Event
Chiswick House and Gardens are holding their annual Camellia Show from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 2nd April 2017.
In early Spring, the show brings a burst of colour to the 65 acre park which has won a string of awards this year.
The grounds recently scooped Gold and Overall Winner of the London in Bloom “Heritage Parks & Garden Award for 2016”. They also won Gold in the Walled Garden category for the historic kitchen garden and members of the small team attained the “Horticultural Achievement Award 2016”. And at this year’s RHS spring fair their heritage Camellias featured in a display which won Gold.
Many of the Camellias have been growing for over 200 years in what is now a Grade I listed Conservatory. The collection is thought to be the oldest under glass in the Western world and includes rare and historically important examples, many believed to be descended from the original planting in 1828. There are 33 varieties housed in the 300 ft glass house, including the Middlemist’s Red, one of the rarest Camellias in the world.
The future of the heritage camellias has been secured by an on-site propagation programme run by the gardeners in the newly restored Melon House and visitors to the show have the opportunity to purchase a choice of heritage varieties from Chiswick’s original collection. The show includes special plant displays created by Roots and Shoots and the Royal Parks Apprentices. Visitors are invited to make a day of it, enjoy the whole Grade 1 listed estate, stop off for refreshments at the award winning Chiswick House Café and visit the 18th century Villa at weekends.
The show attracts visitors from all over the world and remains free to the public with donations welcomed. Chiswick House and Gardens Trust Director, Clare O’Brien, says “We’ve had an amazing year winning so many awards. And we hope visitors will show their appreciation by making contributions towards the hard work our small team and brilliant band of volunteers do to retain gold standards of care. All income raised or donated to the charity is in aid of the continued preservation of the Grade I listed gardens.”