The new Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail at the Bamboo Farm
andCoastalGardensis destined to become one ofAmerica’s most unique camellia attractions. Developed over the past four years, the Trail now combines over 1200 camellias and companion plants including many of our most popular garden camellias with some of the most unique and rare camellia species in the world. Dr. Clifford Parks of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, one of the foremost experts on camellias in the western world, collected rare species from his extensive travels inChinaandJapan, and has donated a significant portion of his unique camellia collection to the South East Camellia Society for inclusion in theJudgeSolomonTrail.
There are many plants that compliment camellias, and we are fortunate to have many of the companion plants in theCamelliaGardenas a result of our partnership with the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azaleas.
More than $150,000 has been invested in theJudgeSolomonTrailto date by the Friend’s of the Bamboo Farm andCoastalGardens, the Chatham County Government and theUniversityofGeorgia, together with hundreds of volunteer hours, in clearing property, installing irrigation and pavers for the trail. The last part of the project is the labeling of the 1200 plants in the garden to provide a complete educational experience to the visitors of the Garden. Our estimated cost for the labeling, using our standard garden signage and vendor experience, is $15,000.
We are providing naming opportunities for portions of the garden, in small amounts, for organizations and individuals to contribute to this unique collection. An attached map displays the trail and the sections with the naming opportunities.
a) up to 10 plants in a section – $ 150
b) 10-25 plants $ 250
c) 25-49 plants $ 500
d) 50 and over $1,000
(Sections May be Combined)
Recognition plaque, in garden section (‘s), in perpetuity
Press release with photo’s and distribution to media
A dedication ceremony in garden at a Friend’s event or the donor choice
Checks may be made to:
Friends of the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens
Further information may be provided by
Alan Beals, President, Friends
Gene Phillips, President of the Southeastern Camellia Society
Other possible individual, club donations, memorials and naming opportunities in the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail include Benches, the new Gazebo, Fountains and a Waterfall