The Camellia is a glossy addition to any Irish garden

The Camellia is a glossy addition to any Irish garden View Gallery
Pink Camellia flowers in bloom

From winter to spring, the flower offers an abundance of forms and colours

It’s Camellia season and when I think of Camellias, I’m reminded of a garden I visited in Florida a few years ago, Bok Tower Gardens. These gardens in Central Florida were created by editor and philanthropist Edward Bok who arrived in Brooklyn from Holland in 1870, aged six. He had a successful career in publishing as editor of The Ladies’ Home Journal, which in 1919 had a monthly circulation of two million copies. He is also credited as the first person to use the term ‘living room’.

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