Historic Markers Across Georgia

First Public Camellia Show

Marker ID: GHM 011-11
Location: Third Street parkway just north of Cherry Street, Macon, GA
County: Bibb
Coordinates: N 32° 50.168    W 083° 37.622
  32.836133    -83.62703
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7EN2
First Public Camellia Show  Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


After a revival of interest in camellias, the first public Camellia Show in the U.S. was held Feb. 5, 1932 at Burden-Smith & Co. At the suggestion of Henry T. Conner, immediately after the show, the Azalea and Camellia Soc. of America, forerunner of the American Camellia Soc., was formed with 48 charter members. Maconites serving as officers -- all of whom, with the Vineville Garden Club, directed the show -- were T.J. Stewart, James H. Porter. Dr. W.G. Lee, Henry T. Conner. J.G. Bailie of Augusta was treasurer. At the Dempsey Hotel, Sept. 29, 1945, the American Camellia Society was organized. Dr. H. Harold Hume, Univ¨ of Fla., was its first president.


First Public Camellia Show
Photo by Ken Moser