Meetings are held the third Saturday of the month from September through May, except December, at various locations around Portland and northern Oregon. Special events add richness to the society.
September 21, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Meeting at home of Collier Brown and Martha Ragland, Portland. View lovely camellias, discuss and watch pruning techniques, and take cuttings for propagation.
October 12, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Note meeting has moved to second Saturday.
Visit Home Orchard Society, Clackamas Junior College. 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City. Click on website link for directions to entrance of garden.
November 16, 12:00 noon. Pre-holiday luncheon meeting at Authentic Thai,
3829 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202, 503-234-2521. We will dine in a separate area in the rear of the restaurant. Parking in a lot on the east side of the building.
January 18, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Presentation by Bud Bowen at Ainsworth House & Gardens, 19130 Lot Whitcomb Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045. 503-656-1894. Click on Contact Us on the website for directions. Ainsworth House, an historic mid-nineteenth century property south of Portland, now a lovely wedding and event center, is surrounded by gardens that are beautiful throughout the year. Camellias thrive here. Bud Bowen is an OCS member and one of the proprietors of Ainsworth House. After Bud's talk we can explore the garden where camellias of different ages happily rub shoulders with other shrubs, trees, and perennials. You can see how camellias shine in a landscaped setting. Wear warm clothes and appropriate footwear. Though Oregonians tend not to use umbrellas, bring one in case there is steady rain while wandering the garden.
February 15. Meeting and Location to be announced.
March 27—29, 10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. Camellia Display at Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett Street, Portland. OCS members should bring camellias for the display around 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27.
April 18, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Oregon Camellia Society Show, Newberg Camellia Festival, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon. All are encouraged to enter camellia blooms in the show from 8:00—11:00 a.m.
May 16, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Visit Cecil and Molly Smith Garden, St. Paul, Oregon.
July ?, Noon—4:00 p.m. Picnic and Camellia Auction. Date and location to be announced.