Whangarei Branch, NZ Camellia Society
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Mrs Sue Owen (Branch Secretary)
127 McGill Road
R.D. 8, WHANGAREI, 0178 Ph. 09 4329594
Email [email protected]

Linda Muir (Branch Committee member)  Ph. 09 435 1967         Email  [email protected]

David Muir ( NZCS National Board)   Ph. 09 435 1967          Email. [email protected].nz

The Whangarei Branch meets regularly, generally throughout the Camellia flowering season. It also circulates a monthly Email newsletter, which includes reminders about the next meeting.

Please contact the Secretary for meeting details. A warm welcome is extended to visitors and prospective new members.   

The meeting programme for 2022 will be posted soon ! Check back here from time to time to see what we'll be doing this year. We're not going to let this Covid thing slow us down any more than we need to. The 2022 National Show in Taupo, in August, is still one of our aims. 

The 2021 Branch meeting programme is listed below. The highlight will be the local Annual Show in August 2021, since the 2020 Show was cancelled due to the pandemic. Other meetings will include garden visits, workshops, guest speakers, etc.. Most meetings include a raffle, a trading table, and a Camellia bloom  competition that accumulates points throughout the year. Unless notified otherwise, all meetings will be at the Whangarei Amateur Radio Clubrooms at Barge Park, Maunu; and held on the second Wednesday of the month, March to November.

March 10, 11am.  Radio Clubrooms. Meeting followed by a catered light lunch (Non-members $10 lunch fee)

April 14, 11am. Radio Clubrooms. Meeting, followed by a catered light lunch. (Non-members $10 lunch fee)

May 12, 11am. Radio Clubrooms. Meeting, followed by catered light lunch. (Non-members $10 lunch fee)

June 9, 11am. Radio Clubrooms. Meeting, followed by catered mid-year (full) lunch. (Non-members $30 lunch fee)

July 14, 1pm. Jane Mander Village, Kamo. "How to Display" workshop for aspiring show entrants -- BYO Camellia flowers. No cost; followed by afternoon tea.

August 6, 7. Forum North Exhibition Hall. Local Annual Camellia Show. Benching from 3pm on Friday, again from 7am Saturday, judging start time to be advised.

Please Note:  due to the spread of Covid-19, and the re-introduction of lockdowns, all meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2021 are subject to the terms and conditions of any such lockdown. Stay safe, everyone -- your Camellias need you!

September 8, 11am. Radio Clubrooms. Meeting / "Camellia Propagation" workshop (all materials supplied), followed by a light lunch. (Non-members $10 lunch fee) 

October 13, 11am. Radio Clubrooms. Meeting followed by catered light lunch. (Non-members $10 lunch fee)

October meeting regrettably cancelled, due to uncertainty over lockdowns!

November 10, 11am. Venue to be advised. AGM followed by catered (full) lunch. (Non-members $30 lunch fee)

Any changes to the above schedule will be advised.

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Camellia Nuccio's Pearl

The Whangarei Branch, established in 1965, has a tradition of Camellia breeding and appreciation, largely as a result of the work of two noted local plant breeders, Jim Finlay and Os Blumhardt. Both men are now deceased, but their legacy (their plants) remains. The local soils and climate (warm temperate to sub tropical) are conducive to Camellia growing. Join us to learn more !

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Jim Finlay's masterpiece, Camellia High Fragrance

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Os Blumhardt's internationally famous Camellia Night Rider

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