Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Hwy, Hammond, LA 70403-0533
The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners' annual Camellia Garden Stroll's spotlight is the tour of the Hody Wilson Camellia Garden. The event includes camellia plant sales, expert speakers, and several educational and informational activities related to horticulture and camellias. The Camellia Stroll features the impressive two-acre Walter F. 'Hody' Wilson Garden located under towering pine trees featuring more than 450 named varieties and about 200 unnamed seedlings of Camellia japonicas (known as camellias) and Camellia sasanquas (known as sasanquas). Most of the camellias in this collection were planted in the late 1930s through the early 1950s by W. F. “Hody” Wilson Jr., superintendent of the Station from the mid-1930s until 1975. Mr. Wilson was internationally known for his camellia breeding during his time at the Station. Many of the camellias in this garden collection are from Mr. Wilson’s breeding program and may be the only ones of their kind. Mr. Wilson's two most well-known selections are "Mansize" and "Jerry Wilson.". In 1999, the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners took on as their project the cleanup and maintenance of the Hody Camellia Garden. Susan Spiller, a resident of Hammond , an enthusiastic Master Gardener who spent many hours cleaning up and caring for the camellias until her death in 2001. A memorial camellia named "Sweet Jane" was planted in the garden in 2002 in memory of Ms. Spiller.
Contact: Tangipahoa Parish Ext. Office