Camellia Glen – Nursery and Garden open days

The camellias have started flowering really well…..the sasanquas, the autumn flowering camellias, have been in flower for a few weeks now and are looking great. You can see lots in flower as you drive around town and we saw hundreds as we drove around Maleny and Montville over the weekend. Early japonicas are just started to flower and it looks like it will be a great season…..lots of buds and there is still moisture in the ground after the rain. A few showers of rain are always good for the garden and the camellias especially like it at this time of the year – keeps the flowers fresh.

We will be open this coming Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May, 8.00am to 3.00pm. For a more complete list of open days, please refer to the previous blog.

First flower for the season….camellia Japonica Speciosissima

Camellia hybrid Bunny Girl

Camellia sasanqua Barry’s Chance.


This is a great time to plant camellias…the plants are largely dormant in that they are not putting on new growth, although after the dry summer and the March rain, a few are making hay and putting on growth as well as flowering. But planting now lets the plants settle in and establish the roots in readiness for the spring growth.

Enjoy the flowers in your garden, and although the sasanqua flowers will shatter and fall in a couple of days, the japonicas can be picked for a vase, or do as we prefer, cut just a short stem ( only 1 cm) and place in a float bowl. These can last well enough for up to a week.

…..and remember, it’s World Naked Gardening Day on Saturday 6 May 2017……… but don’t worry, we won’t be……

Camellias – nursery and garden open this Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April 2017

Camellia Glen Nursery will be open again this Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 April 2017…..8.00am to 3.00pm.

We have sasanquas in flower now and looking great…many to choose from.

And the garden plants have responded well to the March rain and are looking great. This Sparkling Burgundy is one of the earlier varieties to flower and is a mass of colour. The bees and the birds are loving it.

We have over 40 different varieties of sasanqua available for sale now in 140mm pots and looking great.

We also have about 100 different japonicas – these are ready for sale – just not flowering just yet.

Come and see us. Details on the web site.

When planting out new camellias, dig the hole slightly larger than the root ball, tickle out the roots so that they are not in the pot shape, add composted material, well aged manures ( avoid chicken poo and mushroom compost as these can be alkaline and we need a slightly acid and well drained soil) and backfill. Plant slightly raised so that when the plant settles, it won’t be in a hole. We need a well drained location for our camellias….they don’t like wet feet.

Mulch around your newly planted camellia…I will often add cow/horse poo to the top of the backfill and mulch over this. The worms love it. Water in well to get out the little pockets of air and to settle the plant in.

Sasanquas love a full sun position. In South East Queensland where we are, we always recommend giving japonicas half shade at least. Better still, filtered sun under high tree cover. Protection from morning sun will ensure the flower won’t scorch.

Get out into the garden…and if you don’t have one of you own, go for a walk in a park or a forest. It’s good for you.

Camellia Glen – Open Days 2017

Camellia sasanqua Chojiguruma

Camellia japonica Imperator

Camellia species Crapnelliana

So it is getting around to camellia season again. These are a few in flower this week.

We have had a few challenges over the seemingly endless hot and dry summer…..less that 100mm of rain from September to March and then 397mm in March. We were lucky with ex-cyclone Debbie – we got some wind and the following rain. No damage to speak of, just a couple of days without power.

So the camellias in the garden put on less new growth than they might have if we had received the usual spring/summer rain, but they are better for the rain and have put on flower buds. We have noted that the flowers have started later than last year and in some cases are a little smaller than we would expect. But nature has its way, and these beautiful plants will be enjoying the rain and the change to cooler weather.

There is not a lot to do with your camellias at this time of the year….perhaps keep water up to them – the wind can dry out plants quite a lot –  trim out unwanted branchlets although this should have been done over spring and summer. Just sit back and enjoy the show.


Yes, we will have open days again this season, although we have had a steady stream of folk visiting by appointment already.

We plan to be available most Fridays and Saturdays, unless we have camellia shows or other commitments. We are still open by appointment at other times. Please contact us first.

Opening hours will be 8.00am to 3.00pm.

Here’s a list of dates:

  • Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April – open
  • Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April – open
  • Friday  5 and Saturday 6 May – open
  • Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May – open
  • Friday 19 May – open
  • Saturday 20 May – CLOSED. Plant Collectors Fair, Mt Coottha Botanical Gardens 20 and 21 May
  • Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May – open
  • Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June – open
  • Friday 9 June – CLOSED
  • Saturday 10 June – open. ALSO Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge – 10 and 11 June
  • Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June – open. ALSO Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show 16-18 June
  • Friday 23 June – open
  • Saturday 24 June – CLOSED.
  • Sunday 25 June – Queensland Camellia Society Show and Camellia Sale – Albion Peace Hall, McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane.
  • Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July – open
  • Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July – CLOSED. See us at the Queensland Garden Expo, Showgrounds, Nambour, 7 to 9 July 2017
  • Friday 14 July – open
  • Saturday 15 July – CLOSED. ALSO Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July – Toowoomba Camellia Show.
  • Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July – open
  • Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July CLOSED

More as we get closer to that time.

Come visit, walk the gardens, enjoy the 400 or so camellias in our garden, buy some for yours. Walk a forest, walk a garden….they say it’s good for you. But we’ve always known that……

Nursery open this Saturday and Sunday – 6 & 7 Aug


Camellia Hybrid Orchid Princess

Following on from last weekend’s Queensland Camellia Society Show and sale at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, we will have another open day at the nursery – because we said we would….
Open 8.00am to 1.00pm only – both days – Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August.

We will continue to be open by appointment after this weekend, so please contact us to arrange a suitably convenient time.


Camellias – Open this weekend – 23 and 24 July


Camellia japonica Omega

Camellias are flowering beautifully after the rain and a little cooler weather – not that the 27 degrees we had today could be considered cool…..

Camellia Glen gardens and nursery is open to the public again this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm. Come and visit, walk the gardens, see the 400 or so camellias in flower – well some are in flower – the sasanquas are largely finished – also a few of the 25 magnolias are flowering as well, as are some of the vireya rhododendron.

And there are a few hundred camellias available for sale. Choose some for your garden. Some of the folk who we spoke to at the Queensland Garden Expo early July will be dropping by for plants that they are chasing. Come join us for a wander.

Now is a great time to plant camellias – not only can you see them in flower, but the plants are largely dormant – so planting now gets them in the ground and settled in before the spring growth starts – which for us is around September – and before it gets hot.

Remember, sasanquas – of all colours including the whites – take full sun. They will also perform well in part shade as long as they get plenty of good light. Sasanquas make great individual garden plants, screens and hedges – formal and not so.

Japonicas – our recommendation is to give them at least part shade – and the formal double flowers do best if they get morning shade, otherwise the flowers can spoil before their time. Hybrids can often be more sun tolerant, but remember that our winter sun here in SE Queensland is quite a lot stronger than that enjoyed in places like Sydney/Melbourne. So plant to your conditions.

Well drained and a slightly acid soil and the basic needs; water young plants and mulch.

Get out in the garden this weekend – and get dirty….

Camellia Glen – It’s Camellia Season – Open Days

It’s June 2, winter has begun, and the evenings are just now getting cooler.
We have had a few showers of rain over the past 24hours and more wet weather is forecast – we need some rain.

Time flies, the sasanquas – the autumn camellias – have been flowering for weeks now and will continue for the next month or so. The early flowering japonicas started spot flowering a few weeks ago and many are now in full flower. These will continue up until September – by then it is too hot again for our camellias to be flowering well.

Our ‘open to the public’ days have again been well received with folk coming to walk our gardens and to purchase camellias for theirs. We will have more open days as well as a number of external open gardens, shows and events. Here are some details:

Open Days
All our open days are from 8.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 June 2016
Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June
ALSO – 11 and 12 June – Gardening on the Edge – Maleny Garden Club – Maleny Showgrounds – open gardens and plant sales – lots of interesting camellias available.
Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 June
ALSO – 18 June – Open Garden – the Sheahan garden, Palmwoods. Supports ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’. Plant sales – including lots of camellias.
Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June
ALSO – 25 and 26 June – Open Garden at Kellyfield Camellias, 958 Kidaman Creek Road, Curramore via Maleny. A great camellia garden, sausage sizzle, morning and afternoon teas, beautiful camellias for sale. Open 9.00am to 4.00pm. Entry by donation. Supports ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’.
Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 July 2016
ALSO – 2 and 3 July – supporting the Daniel Morecombe Foundation – Open Garden at Camellia House (Daniel’s old home), 116 Woombye Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods. 10.00am to 4.00pm, wander 5.5 acres of mature gardens including 700 camellias and much more. Sausage sizzle, refreshments, bric-a-brac, memorabilia, classic car display on Sunday morning including Aston Martins. Lots of beautiful camellias for sale. Entry $8 – supports Daniel Morecombe Foundation.
Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 July 2016 – CLOSED
BUT see us at Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour Showgrounds, 8, 9 and 10 July. Best garden show around.
Saturday 16 July CLOSED
Sunday 17 July
Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 July
Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July – CLOSED
BUT – see us at Queensland Camellia Society Annual Show and Sale on Sunday 31 July – Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Open 9.00am to 3.00pm – Camellia talks, Camellia advice, Camellia plant sales, Camellia bloom competition and displays. Refreshments available. Entry $4.00.

After that, we will be available, as usual, by appointment.

Most of our plants are available in 140mm pots with some in 200mm sizes.

Come and visit, wander our gardens and see these beautiful plants in flower.

Silver Tower

Camellia Japonica ‘Silver Tower’

Camellia Glen – Camellias – Open Days 2016

It’s late March and it’s camellia time again. Our first sasanquas – Mikuni Ko, Sparkling Burgundy, Bonanza, Gay and a few others are in full flower and looking wonderful. But it is 30 degrees celsius out in the garden and the flowers need a drink. We have missed all the recent rain but our plants are looking good. Perhaps the cooler nights will kick in soon.

The sweet pollen fragrance from the sasanquas is all around as you walk the garden. The tea camellia, Camellia sinensis, is flowering – and the bees are loving it – there are hundreds of bees in these bushes, as well as all the sasanquas. All the nectar loving birds are into them as well – makes a mess of the flowers, but that’s ok. Who says you need natives…..

The early japonicas, Arejishi and Alba Plena have their first flowers. The others are all budded up and we will see more and more over the coming weeks.

We have had a number of visitors wanting camellias already and people are asking when we will start our open days. So, we start just after Easter – weekends unless specified, as detailed below. Our open days just mean that we are open to the public, you can wander the gardens, and we will have plants for sale. Most of our plants are in 140mm pots.

We start our open days this weekend – a bit early, but we have people wanting to visit.
So here is a schedule as best we know. If in doubt, please email to or phone 07 54450333.
Nursery times are 8.00 am to 3.00 pm unless otherwise stated.
We do not accept cards, so please – cash.
We will also be available at other time during the week – please contact us, as above, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Open Days
Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 April 8.00 am to 3.00pm
Saturday 9 April 8.00 to 3.00
Closed Sunday 10 April
Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 April 8.00 to 3.00
Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 April 8.00 to 3.00
Monday 25 April Anzac Day Closed
Saturday and Sunday 30 April 1 May 8.00 to 3.00
Monday May 2 – Labour Day public holiday – closed
Saturday 7 May 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 8 May – Mothers Day – closed
Saturday 14 May 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 15 Closed (QCS Sherwood)
Saturday 21 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 22 May Closed (HMAQ visit)
Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May 8.00 to 3.00

More later.

Dates to note:
Maleny Garden Club – Gardening on the Edge – Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June
Kellyfield Camellias Curramore (Maleny) Open Garden – Give Me 5 for Kids – Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June
Camellia House, Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods – Open Garden – Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 July
Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8, 9 and 10 July
Queensland Camellia Society – Show and Sale – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – 31 July
Brisbane International Garden Show, Strathpine – 6, 7, 8 and 9 October

More information available later.

Come visit, walk the gardens and see these beautiful plants in flower.

Get out in the garden and get dirty….

Beatrice Emily

Sasanqua Beatrice Emily


Open Days 24 and 25 October

We are open to the public this weekend – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October – 8.00am to 3.00pm.
This will be the last open day for this season….after this, we will be available by appointment as usual.
We will have a bunch of camellias available – sasanquas for the sunny parts of the garden – a few hundred in 140mm pots and a nice collection in 200mm pots. We are selling out of some varieties – but that’s the objective. Japonicas – for the semi shade spots, at least part shade – we have a thousand or so across more than a hundred varieties. Most are in 140mm pots, but again we have a small number in 200mm pots. We have some hybrids and a few species well.

We need to make some room for new season plants, so drop by and pick up some of the best camellias we have grown.

Camellia japonica Royal Velvet – one of the best garden camellias

This is a great time to plant, there is new growth showing and getting plants now to either pot up or plant out will result in some amazing growth over the next few weeks. For those who planned, yes, a month or so ago was a better time to plant – before the new growth started, but if you are careful, there will be little damage to the tender new shoots and leaves.

When you are planting out, remember to tickle the roots out so that the new roots will not continue to grow in the curled shape of the pot. This helps make a healthier plant in the long term. A light application of fertiliser now, added to the backfill, will give the plants a good run into spring and summer. Water in well – and that means a slow half a bucket worth of water to get moisture right down into the soil. Mulching now will suppress weeds as well as keep the root area cool and reduce evaporation.

Look out for little caterpillars and aphids in the new foliage. Squish the grubs and you can hose off aphids.

Camellias will make a great addition to any garden, as a specimen plant, a forest or a hedge. Come in and see us, and we can advise you on what might suit your site best.

Get out into the garden – its good for the soul.

Sasanqua Barrys Chance - for the full sun

Brisbane International Garden Show

Set up ready to go

BIGS starts Thursday 8 October and runs through to Sunday 11. It is all set up and ready to run….almost. It will be the biggest gardening event to hit Brisbane and should be a lot of fun.
Although camellias have all but finished flowering, we will still have plenty on display and for sale. Now is a great time to plant as plants are just putting on their new growth.

Plant for that specimen plant in the garden, plant for group plantings, hedges and screens. We probable still have more varieties than most people have seen….drop by and see us at BIGS.

Camellias – Nursery and Garden open to the Public – Sunday 16 August 2015

We have acquiesced to several requests to be open this weekend – so Sunday 16 August – 8.00am to 3.00pm – we will be open. Camellias – still plenty in flower in the garden -many Japonicas and Reticulatas – and still many (a thousand or two) plants – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and some species.

Camellia sasanquas for that screen or hedge or just for a sunny spot in the garden; japonicas for those part shade positions.

Drop in – we will find something for every body.

Beautiful weather for gardening – get out in it!

Camellia japonica 'Royal Velvet'