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Kurume, Japan was the 2010 host city of the biannual meeting of The International Camellia Society. Kurume is a small town in Kyushu, which is the southern most of the four main islands of Japan. I attended the meeting to present information on Longwood Gardens' camellia breeding program and to network with other camellia researchers.

A Sea of Blue to See

April 12, 2010
Late March and early April is a time when people are ready to get out of the house and explore the outdoors after all the snow has melted and tiny springtime treasures begin to emerge. At Longwood Gardens we're just bursting at the seams with beautiful flowers 365 days of the year!

Desperately Seeking Scents

March 10, 2010
The past year has been an olfactory adventure in Longwood's research greenhouses. In preparation for Making Scents: the Art and Passion of Fragrance, we brought in a variety of fragrant plants for trial. Some plants, such as roses, are common and easy to obtain. Fragrant varieties such as Rosa ‘Secret’s out’, R. ‘Gros Choux d’Hollande, R. ‘De Resht’, R x centifolia, R. ‘Compte Chambord’, and ‘Jaques Cartier’ will be making an appearance in the Conservatory during the exhibtion.

Longwood Water-Platter Ready for Flower Show Debut

February 3, 2010
This year the Philadelphia International Flower Show produced by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), America's first horticultural institution, will showcase plants from around the world in the 2010 show “Passport to the World.” A special exhibit called the "Explorers Garden" will greet guests to the show, and will capture the spirit and adventure of early plant exploration. For the "Explorer’s Garden," Longwood is forcing its signature Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’ water-platters into bloom.

Calling all Clivia Lovers!

January 7, 2010
Hello clivia lovers, and those who may only have some curiosity about clivia!