Click the red box below to find directions on how to complete an entry blank needed to enter each of
your ​camellia blooms.



Camellia Society of Sacramento Show Schedule

If you want to enter a camellia, your bloom must be in place no later than 10am, on Saturday  

The doors open to exhibitors at 7:30am.  There are entry cards with instructions available.  If you do not know the name of your camellia, we have members that can help you.  Children are also welcome to enter camellias in the Youth Category.

​Beautiful Camellias of many sizes and colors!

Spectacular trophy table with winning blooms!

2019 button and magnets, as well as other collector buttons for sale

The Floral Design Guild will have beautiful floral designs featuring camellias

A display by our Sister City, Matsuyama, Japan

Camellia Waxing

Plant Sale (click here to see plants for sale)

There will be over 200 camellia plants for sale at the Show.
Many of these varieties are not available ​for purchase locally.

The Camellia Society of Sacramento cares for a camellia grove in Wm Land Park.  This grove was established in 1986. Volunteers to help with the care of the plants is always welcome. Contact, if you are interested. This year we are adding to our garden. 

2019Camellia Show

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!

Land Park Community Association

Thank you for your generous grant of $500!  This will allow the Camellia Society of Sacramento to add to the camellia collection in the Camellia Grove in Wm. Land Park and enhance the area.

Visit the Camellia Garden 

William Land Park, next to Pony Rides

The 95th Annual Camellia Show will be March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

Hours are Saturday, 3 pm to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Many great memories over the past 94 years. Come to the show and share some of yours!
This is the oldest camellia show in the United States.

February 17 - 18 2018

San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Show

Best of Show:  Elaine Betty Red

Shown by Don & Joan Lesmeister

February 24 - 25
Camellia Society of Santa Clara County

Best of Show:  Frank Houser Var.

Shown by Helmuth and Leone Wildemann

March 3 - 4​

Camellia Society of Sacramento Show

Best of Show:  Holy Pure

Shown by Don & Joan Lesmeister

March 10 -11
Northern California Camellia Society

Best of Show:  Royal Velvet Var.

Shown by Don & Mary Bergamini

March 17 -18

Camellia Society of Modesto Show

Best of Show:  Crinoline

Shown by Don & Joan Lesmeister


95th Annual Sacramento Camellia Show
March 2 & 3, 2019
Elks Lodge - 6446 Riverside Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95831

(916) 371-2174

Northern California Camellia Council (NCCC) meeting. President Don Bergamini hosted the meeting at his home with his wife Mary.

American Camellia Society (ACS) has revised the Show Rules and Regulations.  A workshop is scheduled, February 3, 2018, to review the new rules and give hands on practice through a mini show.  This event will be held in Atherton, California.  ACS Judges and Novices judges and those who are interested in becoming ACS Novice judges are encouraged to attend.  Contact Don Bergamini at if you have questions.

​​Best of Show 2018, Holy Pure grown by Don & Joan Lesmeister


Camellia Shows of Northern California
​​2018 Show Schedule