Meetings will be held on the third Saturday of the month, September or October through May, except December, at various locations around Portland and northern Oregon.
But due to the effects of the coronavirus, there may be changes to the meeting schedule.
October 15, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.: Camellia Exchange plus any favorite plants, tools, books you'd like to swap. Location: Van Veen Nursery, 4201 SE Franklin Street, Portland, OR. http://vanveennursery.com
See September/October 2022 newsletter for details.
November 19, 12 Noon. Pre-holiday lunch at Authentic Thai, 3829 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202 Phone: 503-234-2521. Menu at https://www.authenticthaipdx.com There’s a parking lot on the east side of the restaurant. Please RSVP to Kathy Lintault by Friday, November 11.
January 21: 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, OR 97202, between SE 18th and SE 19th Avenues in the Westmoreland area of Portland. Parking behind the church.
Camellias: Beautiful and Versatile. OCS member Kathy Lintault will present an overview of our beloved genus, Camellia. Camellias are so diverse they appeal both to those who appreciate quiet and simple blooms as well as to those who enjoy the brilliant and eye-catching. Their flowers and shining leaves brighten our landscape through an amazing four seasons, though luckily for us, their full glory appears during the doldrums of our winter and early spring. Kathy will discuss the camellia’s six flower forms and their color range and patterning, the importance of various species, planting techniques, a few camellia problems, and the camellia's intriguing history. Also, camellias are shown to be exceptional partners with companion plants in the landscape.
February 18: 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, OR 97202, between SE 18th and SE 19th Avenues in the Westmoreland area of Portland. Parking behind the church.
It’s fascinating that our favorite plant, the camellia, also produces one of the world’s most famous drinks, tea. Come and enjoy the documentary video—Robert Fortune: The Tea Thief, 2001, directed by Diane Perelsztejn. In the middle of the 19th century, the West developed a passion for tea. But China was the sole producer and seller of tea, jealously protecting its tea camellia plants and its techniques for producing these prized dried leaves. The powerful British Empire plotted to break China’s stranglehold on tea production by devising a spy mission—send the Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to steal the secrets of tea from China. This is a story of spying, deceit, trickery—industrial espionage in 1848.
March 25: 1:00—3:00 p.m. Become a camellia detective. Meet at a garden in Milwaukie, Oregon, to help identify over 200 established camellias, probably planted from the 1940s onward. OCS was contacted by the Portland Garden Club to find out if earlier owners of the Milwaukie property had been members of OCS. After research in our archives, no connection was found, but our interest was sparked to investigate such an extensive camellia garden. See March-April 2023 Newsletter for directions and details.
April 15: 82nd Annual Oregon Camellia Society Show and Plant Sale, Newberg Camellia Festival, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon.
Camellia Show and Festival: 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Enter blooms: 8:00—11:00 a.m.
Judging: 11:00 a.m.—Noon. Camellia Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m.
10K/5K Run and Walk: 9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
July: To Be Announced