91st Annual Sacramento Camellia Show
March 7& 8, 2015
Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814
The 91st Annual Sacramento Camellia Show
Things to do and see at this year's show.
Camellia Shows of Northern California
2015 Show Schedule
The Show Schedule for Camellia Society of Sacramento's show March 7th and 8th
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
||Meadows Friendship Hall
1800 Atrium Parkway
Contact: Nancy McGowan-Russell,
707-545-7546, Show Chair
|February 14 & 15
San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Show
Flower of the Show: Junior Prom
Exhibitor: Don & Joan Lesmeister
|CAB Community Activities Bld,
1400 Roosevelt Avenue,
Redwood City, CA
|Contact: Linda Kancev,
|February 21& 22, Camellia Society of Santa Clara||Community Recreation Center,
969 Kiely Blvd.,
Santa Clara, CA
|Contact: John Mendoza, 408-249-5696
||Open||No Show Scheduled|
|March 7 & 8, Camellia Society of Sacramento Show
1515 J Street
|Contact: Don Lesmeister, 916 967-8420|
|March 14 & 15, Northern California Camellia Society Show
||St. Andrews Celebration Center, 1601 Mary Drive,
|Contact: Don Bergamini, 925-229-0775 or Bob Ehrhart, 925-937-0188
March 21 & 22 , Camellia Society of Modesto Show
||Ernest & Julio Gallo Administrative Building, Modesto, CA||Contact: Pete Warner, 209-576-0831 or Tony Miranda, 209-526-2197|
To find directions on how to complete an entry blank needed to enter each of your camellia blooms, click here.
Show Tips from the Top
By Don Lesmeister
(Important tips from expert camellia grower and shower, Don Lesmeister.
Everything you wanted to know to win trophies at the camellia shows.)
DON’T judge your blooms in your yard…take them to the show.
- GET READY
- Start your bloom entry plan the week before the show.
- Pin back leaves with clothes pins, disbud and prune if necessary.
- Move container plants to protected areas.
- Read show schedule.
- Clean boxes and get tools (brushes, tweezers, cotton etc.) ready.
- CUTTING/HANDLING BLOOMS
- Remove leaves next to bloom from plant.
- Get cup/Perlite/sand and preservative ready-use correct cup size.
- Put bloom in preservative within 8 seconds of cutting.
- Put bloom in container surrounded by cotton, batting, etc. (Do not use newspaper or Easter grass.
- Do not clean blooms until you get to the show.
- Clean leaves with milk or cream or mayonnaise (don’t leave TOO shiny). Put leaves in separate baggies by size of leaf.
- EXHIBITING TIPS
- Walk the show…See what the competition is. Decide to enter single or trays etc.
- Gather up necessary trays,
- Clean bloom
- Put out entry card, place bloom & cup on table so only bloom names shows.
- Slice leaf under damaged petal if flower is red. (does not apply to white or pink blooms)
- Put damaged blooms in rear of class.
- If your bloom is BEST, put next to next best bloom.
- If your bloom is NEXT best, put far away from best bloom.
- Tilt the bloom slightly so it “smiles” at the judges.
- If bloom is not fully open, push gently with cotton Q-tip, blow on the petals to fully open.
- Use cotton, tissue etc, to stage bloom.
- Place bloom in middle of table if there are few entries.
- Stage every bloom as if it were the ONLY one you have.
- When finished, go over show again to review competition/single or tray entries and collections.
- OUT OF TOWN TRIPS
- Gas up the car/check oil/clean windows etc, a couple of days before the show.
- Get directions to the show location.
- Don’t drive in the slow, bumpy, truck lane of the highway.
- Bring heavy coat or blanket in winter as you do not want to turn the heater on.
In the 1990s Camellia Day at the State Capitol replaced the longer festivals. The event is
sponsored by the California State Capitol Museum and the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer
Association. Each year volunteers hand out corsages made with flowers picked from the Camellia
Grove on the Capitol grounds. This year Camellia Day will be held at the California State
Capitol. (to be announced)
A gradual shift from the use of natural, living memorials like the grove to manmade monuments can
be seen nearby. The Camellia Grove now forms a backdrop for a statue of Father Junípero Serra
installed in 1965. Serra, a Franciscan friar, established the first California missions in the 1700s.