You can start by visiting Nantes, the camellia city, at the Jardin des Plantes, very famous by its camellia collection. Then you can continue at the Parc de Procé, where the camellias are free to grow at their wish, and at the Parc de la Gaudinière, the Cours Cambronne and the Cimetière-Parc, a beautiful arboretum, not only dedicated to camellias. Finish with the Parc floral de la Beaujoire, which should be visited later in the season to take advantage of the national collection of Magnolias. All these gardens can be reach by public transport (TAN).
Outside Nantes, don't hesitate to visit the Domaine de Carheil (in Plessé).
Then, visit the Domaine de Trévarez.
If you come to Paris, go visit the Parc Floral de Paris. Appart from the camellia collection, the rhododendrons lovers will be delighted (in april).
The Bambouseraie d'Anduze has also an interesting collection of camellias.
During the opening time (three weeks between april and may), visit the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, the place is worth a visit because of the richness of its collections, not only for the camellias.
Then, you can also go to Het Leen (Eeklo).
The festival of Locarno cannot be missed, end of march in general. The can discover, at the same time, the Parco dele Camelie and the public gardens of the city.
The Gambarogno parc and the Eisenhut greenhouses, next to Locarno, must also be visited.
You can also visit the Isole di Brissago.
You can visit the Villa Anelli in Oggebbio Gonte (VB) and the Villa Taranto in Verbania Pallanza (VB) and discover the Borromean Islands with the Isola Madre. Near Stresa, discover the Villa Pallavicino. If you go to Lake Maggiore at the beginning of November, do not miss the visit of Villa Maioni in Verbania Pallanza (VB). The collection of sasanqua is beautiful. Take advantage of its Mostra to visit Riviera Cannero. In Tuscany, you have to see the Mostra at Pieve di Compito and visit the Camellietum Compitese.
In January, you can visit, in a greenhouse, the Francfurt Palmengarten camellia show.
But, you cannot miss the very rich national collection of Mount Edgcumbe in Plymouth.
In portugal, you must visit the city of Porto, the city with many camellia gardens. Discover the Azores archipelago and the magnificent camellias of the island of São Miguel. Stroll through the gardens of Ponta Delgada, discover the magnificent collection of Terra Nostra Park and the Mata Jardim José do Canto. The optimum for the visit is mid-February, or a little later to take full advantage of the reticulata of the Terra Nostra Park.
Here is a circuit in the Kurume region to do between the second half of March and early April. First, start with the Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto, for its Higo Camellia collection. In Kurume, in addition to the nurseries, you can visit the Ishibashi Cultural Center, for its fine collection of camellias. You must also take time for the Kurume Camellia Garden, a Conservatory Camellias for past and present collections. Discover the temples with the Suitengû Shrine, where there are some very beautiful subjects and of course, the World's Camellia House for its greenhouse of wild camellias and the outdoors subjects.
To thank the collectors, breeders and camellias lovers, who allowed me to photograph and enrich the nomenclature through their collections, here is a section dedicated to them.
With some photos, you can discover their gardens. In the nomenclature, you will find the flowers photographed under the classification of 'private garden'.
To all, thank you for your hospitality.
The garden of a breeder near Guingamp (Côtes d'Armor)
The garden of a couple of collectors in Plougastel-Daoulas (Finistère)
A city garden near Brest (Finistère)
The garden of a camellia lover in Finistère
The garden of a camellia collector in the Morbihan
The garden of another collector in the in the Quimper area
The garden of another collector in the south Finistère
A terraced garden in the Finistère
Another garden near Köln
A garden 150 km at the north of Köln
A garden near the Lake Maggiore in Cannero Riviera (VB)
A garden with a View of Lake Maggiore in Oggebbio (VB)
A terraced garden in Cannero Riviera (VB)
A garden in Tuscany near Pescaglia - Lucca
A city garden in London
A garden of bonsaï in Kumamoto
Century old camellias in Kusano-machi
In the USA
Visit of the famous Nuccio's nurseries.