90th Annual Sacramento Camellia Show
March 1 & 2, 2014
Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Streets
Sacramento, CA  95814

  • The 90th Annual Camellia Show will be March 1 & 2, 2014.  Many great memories over the past 90 years.  Come to the show and share some of yours.  This is the oldest camellia show in the United States.
  • Open March 1, Saturday, 3PM to 6PM
    • Assembly Member Roger Dickinson will provide the Opening Address on Saturday
  • Open March 2, Sunday, 10AM to 5PM
    • Water color artists will begin painting at 10am and their finished works of art will be for sale.


The 90th Annual Sacramento Camellia Show

  •  Things to do and see at this year's show.

    • Beautiful Camellias of many sizes and colors
    • Spectacular trophy table with winning blooms
    • The "Paint In" , held this year on Sunday, March 2
    • The winning button design of the Annual Button contest
    • 2014 button as well as other collector buttons for sale 
    • The winning photos from our Photo Contest are amazing and a "must see"
    • The Floral Design Guild will have beautiful floral designs featuring camellias
    • A display by our Sister City, Matsuyama, Japan.  Information about a Camellia Conference in Matsuyama, Japan in March will be available
    • There will be over 200 camellia plants for sale at the Show.  Many of these varieties are not available for purchase locally

Camellia Shows of Northern California
2014 Show Schedule

 The Show Schedule for Camellia Society of Sacramento's show March 1st and 2nd, is not yet available

click here



February 1, 2014, Napa Camellia Society Show

Best of Show: Nuccio's Bella Rosa Var.
Exhibitor:  Gary & Carol Schanz

Napa Senior Center
1500Jefferson Street
Napa, California

Contact: Nancy McGowan-Russell,
707-545-7546, Show Chair
February 8,  Northern California Camellia Society Show 
Best of Show:  Frank Houser
Exhibitor:  Don & Joan Lesmeister
Walnut Creek California Contact:  Don Bergamini, 925-229-0775 or Bob Ehrhart, 925-937-0188                                     
February 15, San Francisco Peninsula
Camellia Society 

Best of Show:  Royal Velvet Var.
Exhibitor:  Don & Mary Bergamini 
CAB Community Activities Bld,
1400 Roosevelt Avenue,
Redwood City, CA
Contact:  Linda Kancev, 650-574-1220
February 22 & 23, Camellia Society of Santa Clara County Show

Best of Show:  Phyllis Hunt
Exhibitor:  Don & Joan Lesmeister
Community Recreation Center,
969 Kiely Blvd.,
Santa Clara, CA
Contact: John Mendoza, 408-249-5696
March 1 & 2, Camellia Society of Sacramento Show 

Best of Show:  Eleanor Martin Supreme
Exhibitor:  Gary & Carol Schanz
Memorial Auditorium
1515 J Street
Sacramento, CA        
Contact:  Don Lesmeister, 916 967-8420
March 8
OPEN (no show)
March 15 & 16, Camellia Society of Modesto Show   

Best of Show:  Miss Tulare
Exhibitor:  Gary & Carol Schanz
Ernest & Julio Gallo Administrative Building, Modesto, CA Contact: Pete Warner, 209-576-0831 or Tony Miranda, 209-526-2197
March 22 OPEN (no show)
March 29, Mini Show Broadway Plaza,
Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: Don Bergamini, 925-229-0775 or Bob Ehrhart, 925-937-0188


 Northern California Judges School

 Northern California Camellia Council sponsored a Judges School on 1/25/2014 in Modesto, California. The school was held 9am to 12 noon.  All judges and novice judges should be ACS members.  If you have questions, contact Don Lesmeister or Don Bergamini


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.

    1. Start your bloom entry plan the week before the show.
    2. Pin back leaves with clothes pins, disbud and prune if necessary.
    3. Move container plants to protected areas.
    4. Read show schedule.
    5. Clean boxes and get tools (brushes, tweezers, cotton etc.) ready.
    1. Remove leaves next to bloom from plant.
    2. Get cup/Perlite/sand and preservative ready-use correct cup size.
    3. Put bloom in preservative within 8 seconds of cutting.
    4. Put bloom in container surrounded by cotton, batting, etc. (Do not use newspaper or Easter grass.
    5. Do not clean blooms until you get to the show.
    6. Clean leaves with milk or cream or mayonnaise (don’t leave TOO shiny).  Put leaves in separate baggies by size of leaf.
    1. Walk the show…See what the competition is.  Decide to enter single or trays etc.
    2. Gather up necessary trays,
    3. Clean bloom
    4. Put out entry card, place bloom & cup on table so only bloom names shows.
    5. Slice leaf under damaged petal if flower is red. (does not apply to white or pink blooms)
    6. Put damaged blooms in rear of class.
    7. If your bloom is BEST, put next to next best bloom.
    8. If your bloom is NEXT best, put far away from best bloom.
    9. Tilt the bloom slightly so it “smiles” at the judges.
    10. If bloom is not fully open, push gently with cotton Q-tip, blow on the petals to fully open.
    11. Use cotton, tissue etc, to stage bloom.
    12. Place bloom in middle of table if there are few entries.
    13. Stage every bloom as if it were the ONLY one you have.
    14. When finished, go over show again to review competition/single or tray entries and collections.
    1. Gas up the car/check oil/clean windows etc, a couple of days before the show.
    2. Get directions to the show location.
    3. Don’t drive in the slow, bumpy, truck lane of the highway.
    4. Bring heavy coat or blanket in winter as you do not want to turn the heater on.

Good Luck!


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.