growing camellias

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden enthusiasts and all those dealing with plants on a professional level.

Beautiful Camellias require little attention once established and yet there is so much to know about them. This course is a wonderful way of learning about the different groups of Camellias (eg. japonicas, sasanquas, reticulatas), their special characteristics, and their culture.

It develops your understanding of soils, feeding, watering, pruning, planting methods, pest & disease control, propagation, & more.

Improve your ability to identify different varieties (both common and uncommon), and how to use camellias to achieve desired landscape effects.

Camellias are a hardy group of evergreen plants that are grown from cool temperate climates through to tropical regions.
While many Camellia species are highly adaptable, the best results are generally achieved by choosing cultivars to suit the climate and conditions you are growing them in.

Tea leaves are derived from the plant Camellia sinensis, a species that does well in tropical and sub tropical conditions. Other species, (eg. Camellia reticulata) does not adapt so well to warm climates, and is generally far better in a cool temperate climate.

The three most common ornamental species are:

  • Camellia japonica - mainly varieties bred from the original, smaller flowered species.
  • Camellia sasanqua species from Japan, with scented flowers, smaller than C. japonica.
  • Camellia reticulata species from China.


Course content

There are 8 lessons in this course from the Garden Design Academy:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification
    • General characteristics of the group
    • Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs etc)
  2. Culture
    • Planting
    • Staking
    • Mulching
    • Watering
    • Pest & disease
    • Feeding
    • Pruning
    • Protection from wind, salt air etc.
  3. Propagation
    • Methods of propagating camellias
  4. Using Camellias
  5. The most Commonly Grown Varieties
  6. Other important Groups
  7. The Lesser Grown Varieties
  8. Special Assignment - On one selected plant or group.

Duration:  100 hours

Each of the lessons in this course culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award winning garden designer, landscaper, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener, who is a passionate plantsman.

This course will stimulate your interest and set you on the path to becoming an expert with these beautiful shrubs.


Growing Camellias - Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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