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For the first time Chiswick House and Gardens are holding a Camellia Competition at their annual Camellia Show
Participants are warmly invited to take part in the first ever Chiswick House Camellia Competition, in association with the International Camellia Society (UK). The competition will take place on Saturday 10th March in the Grade 1 listed Conservatory. A prize giving will take place at midday with prizes including Chiswick House heritage camellias. The competition takes place during the free Camellia Show at Chiswick House Gardens.
Many of the Camellias have been growing for over 200 years. 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.
Chiswick House, London, W4 2QN
Date: Saturday 10th March 2018
Judging commences at 10am. Blooms must be in place prior to 9.45.am.
Conservatory opening hours: Daily 10am – 4pm (Closed Fridays)
Admission: Free but registration required
All entry forms must be received by Wednesday the 7th March.
A prize giving will take place at midday with prizes including Chiswick House heritage camellias.
Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations to visitors
Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road with some truly amazing finds, as presenter Fiona Bruce explains:
“Can this year be even better than our last? We’ll have to go some way to top the most valuable Faberge ever seen on the programme, a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself and one of the best collections of show business memorabilia ever seen by our experts.
“But I have every confidence we’ll do it and the thousands of people that come along to see us will pull some extraordinary things out of their bags/trolleys/bits of newspaper/suitcases/boats – and one year even out of a cart led by a dog. I can’t wait.”
Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors when we bring Antiques Roadshow to Erddig.