Valdosta Daily Times

January 26, 2014

Quitman hosts camellia show

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

QUITMAN — The Quitman Garden Club sponsors the annual Camellia Show, with a public display, next weekend.

Awards will be given for locally grown camellias, according to organizers. The blooms can be grown outdoors or in greenhouses.

Quitman sponsored its first camellia show in 1935 and it continued through 1967. The Quitman Camellia Show was revived a few years ago when 750 blooms were displayed.

Known as the Camellia City of Georgia, Quitman has a rich history with the bloom.

Quitman was the home of Betty Sheffield, who is known for the Betty Sheffield Camellia; she grew this camellia from a seed. Her camellia has produced more than 40 “sports,” which is a different color flower that grows on the original plant. Gardeners take these sports and propagate them to create new varieties.

The Quitman/Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center has a bronze statue of Betty Sheffield.

The annual Camellia Show will be held, 1-6 p.m., Feb. 1; noon-2 p.m., Feb. 2, Brooks County Agricultural Building, 400 E. Courtland Ave., Quitman.