I stopped to take a picture of a camellia “hedge” along a road that I travel frequently in Weddington, NC. I have noticed these camellias in bloom in November for several years and have always wanted to see them close up and learn more about them. So I finally stopped, with camera in hand. It happened that the owner, Roy Smith, was in the yard and warmly chatted with me about what I consider to be is a most remarkable grouping of camellias.
Roy told me that he and his late wife moved to this property “out in the country” in 1953, when the currently much traveled street in front of their home was then only a dirt road. He and his wife planted some 300 sasanqua camelias along the western edge of the property covering about 1000 feet.
Now these 300 camellias have grown into a formidable hedge which in places reaches well over fifteen feet tall. He told me he could no longer remember the name of the camellias.
Creating a hedge of beautiful, flowering and evergreen camellias would indeed be a worthy gardening project. The problem, for most of us at least, is that we move from place to place, and garden to garden in our transient lives. Not many gardeners will have over sixty years in one place to see a creation like this one age into a remarkable monument.
I am glad I stopped to see this one.