We Need You

Every second Saturday of every month, we have a work day at the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens in Savannah. If you volunteer your time and talents from 9:00 until 12:00, you can help us make this camellia garden even more special. We need you and hope that you will join us on this very important project.

Volunteers from the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Group

In September, we did our regular housekeeping of picking up debris and pulling a few weeds. Also, we began an important project of treating many camellia buds in the garden with Gibberellic Acid. This chemical causes individual buds to begin the blooming process earlier than they normally would have bloomed. The buds that were treated in September will likely bloom in October or November. The more blooms that we can stimulate in the fall, the more interest we can create in the camellia trail.

On Saturday October 8, we will begin clearing underbrush along the north side of the garden, do some debris removal and weeding, and treat many more buds with gib to encourage lots of blooms. We would love for everyone to join us. Our work time is between 9:00 and 12:00. The weather should be wonderful for working in the camellia garden.

We combine education with our volunteer days. On Saturday October 8, we will talk about how to control Tea Scale easily and effectively on camellias. We will be demonstrating the proper procedure to spray camellias for Tea Scale.  Please join us for this interesting demonstration.

Every work day, we will have a drawing for a Free Camellia donated by CamelliaShop. All you have to do to put your name in the hat is show up and volunteer.

The following images came from our work day in September.

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

 

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

Treating Camellia Buds with Gibberellic Acid to Encourage Early Blooms

 

A Suggested Project for Individuals, Garden Clubs and Community Groups

Background

 

The new Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail at the Bamboo Farm

Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail

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.

 

Proposal

 

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.

 

Suggested Donations

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

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

PO Box8935

Savannah,GA31412

 

 

Further information may be provided by

Alan Beals, President, Friends

LABeals@aol.com

Phone: 912-656-0316

Gene Phillips, President of the Southeastern Camellia Society

genephillips@camelliaweb.com

 

 

 

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

Work Days

Volunteers on The Trail

The Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail was built by multitudes of volunteers who want to make a difference in the world. When you visit the trail today and see all the beautiful paver walks and stunning camellias, sometimes it is hard to remember how we got to this point. Many volunteers have worked long and hard to get us to this point, and we appreciate every hour that has been donated to this cause.

We have accomplished much with the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail, but we still have much to do, and we need YOU to help us keep the trail maintained and improved. Every 2nd Saturday in every month, we have a regular scheduled work day from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Trail. We combine volunteer work with camellia and horticulture education. We want you to help us, but we also want to share knowledge and information with you as we accomplish our mission.

We have many tasks that need to be done, so we have plenty of tasks available for everyone to do. From staking plants, to installing mulch, to picking up debris, to weeding, to making plant labels, to pruning tree suckers, and much more, we have something that you would love to do.

When you love something as much as we all love camellias, it only makes sense to give back by volunteering our time and talents. We can assure you that you will find no better place to volunteer your time and talents that working with us along the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail. Our next schedule Work Day is always listed on the right hand side of this and every page of this site. We hope to see you on our next Work Day. Please feel free to invite a friend or two. We can never have too many volunteers. Thank you in advance for your much needed help.