Camellia Festival Returns to Eden Gardens State Park Feb 20

January 31, 2016 by Teresa Lischka

The Friends of Eden Gardens are hosting the annual Camellia Festival on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Floral demonstrations and presentations will be held throughout the day, and live music will be provided by local bluegrass band Dismal Creek (live music from noon til 2pm)!

Visitors are invited to stroll through beautiful camellias in full bloom in gardens throughout the park. Camellias, air layered from Eden Gardens plants, will be available for purchase from the nursery. Come spend time in the gardens with your family and friends for the annual Eden Gardens State Park Camellia Festival. 

The Camellia Festival will include demonstrations on camellia floral arrangement, air layering, (a camellia propagating technique), and camellia waxing for bloom preservation.  Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author.  
Camellia Festival Schedule of Events
10:15 am - 11:00 am  - Presentation on Camellias by Marie Harrison
11:15 am - Waxing Camellia Blooms
11:45 am - Demonstrations on Air-layering
12:15 pm - Floral Demonstration using Camellias by Russ Barley of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts. 
12 noon to 2 pm - "Dismal Creek" performing at the stage area near the shore
Camellias, air layered from Eden plants, will be available for a donation from the nursery. 
Living History re-enactors will be seen on the grounds during the Festival. Food vendors will be present and picnic tables by Tucker Bayou are available for use in the Park.

This community event is free with free admission to the park. Donations made to the Friends of Eden are appreciated.



Dismal Creek
Hailing from the Florida Alabama line, these four musicians come from a strong line of southern tradition and hospitality. Influenced by the early bluegrass music of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, they come ready to pick till the cows come home. They bring a lively stage presence and embrace the formal style of the forefathers of the genre that they love.


See Camellia Festival 2014 photo gallery at


Eden Gardens State Park is located bayside in Point Washington north of US Hwy 98 via CR 395. Learn more at Parks Guide | Eden Gardens State Park.

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A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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