Explore the vibrant blooms of Hammond Camellia Garden.

These exquisite flowers, native to East Asia, have captivated gardeners and flower enthusiasts for centuries. The garden chronicles the journey of the camellia, from its introduction to Europe in the 17th century to its widespread cultivation and appreciation around the world.

The Hammond Camellia Garden tells the story of the discovery and development of the Camellia genus, which is one of the most popular ornamental plants in New Zealand gardens.



Free entry

Best Viewed: Sep - Feb & Jun - August (Spring, Summer, Winter)

9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm

Easily accessible

NZ native flora

Colourful blooms

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Background of the Hammond Camellia Garden

The Hammond Camellia Garden at Hamilton Gardens pays homage to the enduring popularity of camellias…

Camellias are native to East Asia and were introduced to the West from the early 1700s. Linnaeus named the genus in honour of George Joseph Kamel, a Jesuit missionary to the Philippines.

One of the most famous member of the species is the tea plant (C. sinensis), with tender growing tips, the petals are often picked and dried or cured to produce tea. The commercial scale of tea growing is vast with over 4 billion tonnes is picked worldwide every year.

Most ornamental varieties are bred from C. japonica, C. sasanqua and C. reticulata. Notable species in the Hammond Camellia Garden include the fascinating yellow C. impressinervis.

Explore the fascinating story of the camellia: Delve into the origins and global journey of the camellia, from its native East Asian roots to its widespread popularity around the world.

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