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 Gulf Coast Camellia Society

A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant

Get Ready. Get Set. Go.......to the 2016 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Meeting!  Here is how to get started:

Information: GCCS Meeting

October 17th & 18th, 2016

And, a Camellia Judges' School will be held on Monday, October 17th....so,if you you would like to become a judge or just get recertified, this is a great opportunity to catch both the School and the Conference at one time.  More details will follow.  Come on down. 

Location:  Hollywood Casino

                   711 Hollywood Blvd.

                   Bay St. Louis, MS  39520

                   1-800-946-2442 for group reservations. Use code “GCS1016


Room Rates: $79 plus $10 resort fee per night. Rate is available for reservations made by Fri. Sept. 16, 2016.

Reservations: Call the hotel at the number above and identify yourself as a member of the GCCS and give code “GCS 1016” to receive the special group rate. Reservations made after Sept. 16, 2016 may not qualify for the special rate.

Plant Auction: If you are bringing plants for either of the live auctions please bring them to the GCCS Registration area when you register. Dick Hooton or his assistant will be there to receive them. Prior to the meeting, please let Dick know what plants you will be bringing. You may contact him at: bdhooton@cox.net or (850) 969-0001.

Silent Auction: Items will be displayed in the Cypress Ballroom all day Tues. Bidding will end at 5:45 pm Tues. and must be paid for by 6 pm.  Prior to the meeting, please let Bette Hooton know what items you will be bringing. Contact information for Bette is: bdhooton@cox.net or (850) 969-0001. Please bring the item to the GCCS Registration area when you register and Bette or her assistant will accept it.

Raffle: This year’s raffle item is an acrylic painting of a camellia by Kay Kamberlein. Tickets are available for purchase via the registration packet or at the meeting until the time of the drawing at the President’s Banquet.



OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2016



Monday October 17

1:00 – 4:00 Registration (Lobby outside the Cypress Ballroom)

2:30    Board Meeting Magnolia Room           

5:30    Reception at the Bridges (Shuttle at the Main Entrance)

6:30    Dinner at the Bridges Followed by Plant Auction Part I

Tuesday October 18

8:00 – 8:45 Registration (Lobby outside the Cypress Ballroom)

7:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast (Lobby outside the Cypress Ballroom)

8:45     Business Meeting in the Cypress Ballroom

9:30     Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (Lobby outside the Cypress Ballroom)

10:00   Plant Auction Part II in the Cypress Ballroom

12:00    Lunch at the Epic Buffet

1:15 – 4:00    Educational Sessions in the Cypress Ballroom:

1:15 Speaker - Jim Campbell and Celeste Richard

Topic:   Changes to ACS Bylaws

1:45 Speaker - Jim Dwyer

Topic:   History of Camellias in the Gulf Coast Area

3:00 Speaker - John Davy

Topic:   Camellia Use in Future Landscaping Projects

5:45 Silent Auction Ends Promptly!!!  

6:00    President’s Reception (Open Bar in the lobby outside the Cypress Ballroom)

7:00    Banquet

Speaker - Brenda Litchfield

Topic:    Visit to a Camellia Breeding Nursery in China



New Novice Judges

A Camellia Judges' school was completed on March 5, 2016 in Slidell, LA.  Ten new novice judges completed the course and several re-certifications were included.  Here is a photo of the Class.  E-mails of the novice judges will be posted later, enabling Show Chairmen to invite the new novices to participate in their up-coming shows.  Please welcome them to the Camellia Community.

(Kneeling l to r) Terri McCoy, Sabrina Audibert, Lisa Horn, Jan Bollinger
(Standing l to r) Nick Kooney, Lynn Richardson, Jan Clouatre, Bruce Clement, Lisa Clement, Robert Taylor, Paul Huerkamp, Kay Taylor, Stella Allen, Hilary Toups, Victoria Allen, Homer Richardson, Karen Smith and Jane Halley


For more about the Gulf Coast Camellia Society and how to Join

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Please join the Gulf Coast Camellia Society       

Invitation to join

The Gulf Coast Camellia Society was organized in 1962 for the purpose of extending appreciation and enjoyment of camellias. The Society strives to provide information to its members about all aspects of the care and culture of camellia plants as well as the exhibiting and showing of camellia blooms. The Society also serves as a forum for members to share and exchange information and experiences with other members. Annual dues for membership in the Gulf Coast Camellia Society are $10.00 for individuals and $12.00 for couples. Membership runs from October through September each year. Life Membership is available at $200 for individual and $240 for couples. Included with membership are four issues of The Gulf Coast Camellian which contains articles on all aspects of camellia culture as well as serving as an exchange of news and information between and for members. The Camellian also contains reports of the Society's operations, minutes of meetings, financial reports, show news, and other subjects of interest to our members.

To join, send your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, along with your payment to Gulf Coast Camellia Society, in care of Michael Ruth, 726 High Plains Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Name: ____________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

Telephone: _________________E-mail: _________________________





























Jim Dwyer and Max Mizell at the 2015 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference



A few things happening in the Gulf Coast Area

Camellia Club of Mobile summer picnic at Jim Smelley's. Unfortunately Jim could not attend because he was recovering from a fall. He asked Randolph Maphis to serve as host in his place. David and Tammy Brackin cooked the meat and coordinated the food contributed by members.
Baton Rouge Spring 2015 Luncheon-- submitted by Rebecca Christian



Looking for some Camellia Plants...Take a look at the sites below:

Pensacola Camellia Inventory (November 2014) Click here

Mobile Botanical Garden Camellias for Sale (November 2014) Click here

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society 2015 list of Camellias  Click here

2014 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference


Held October 17th &18th, 2014 

The Host Hotel- The Clarion, Covington, Louisiana 

The GCCS Board Minutes - 2014 have been posted in the "Members Only" Section

Pictures submitted by Jim Dwyer

Here are a few pictures submitted by Patti Perkins


Looking for some Camellia Plants...Take a look at the sites below:

Pensacola Camellia Inventory (November 2014) Click here

Mobile Botanical Garden Camellias for Sale (November 2014) Click here

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society 2014 list of Camellias  Click here



Pictures from the 2014 Mobile Show




































Pictures from 2014 New Orleans Show






















Pictures from 2013 Northshore Camellia Show










Pictures from 2013 Slidell Camellia Show










Pictures from the 2013 Gulf Coast Camellia Show
















Here are a few pictures taken at the 2013 GCCS Conference that was held at Spanish Fort, Alabama

(Additional Pictures will be posted -- check back a bit later)


Check out the Updated inventory of Camellias available at:

Baton Rouge Camellia Society-- click here.

Pensacola Camellia Society -- click here.

                Pictures from the Baton Rouge 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the Brookhaven 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the New Orleans 2013 Camellia Show
























A few pictures from the Northshore 2012 Camellia Show

A few of Norm Vickers' pictures from the 2012 Pensacola Show

A few pictures from the 2012 Gulfport Camellia Show by Patti Perkins



















Hope everyone has recovered from the GCCS Conference in Natchez

Here are a few pictures from the conference -- Others will be posted as time permits.






























Note:  The 2012 Board and Conference Meeting Minutes have been posted on the Members Only Page

Greenhouse plans from article in Spring 2012 Camellian

Click Here


Pictures from 2012 Baton Rouge Show

Pictures from 2012 Brookhaven Show

A couple of  pictures from 2011 Covington Show

A few pictures from 2011 Slidell Camellia Show

A few pictures from 2011 Gulfport Camellia Show

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