The Hofheimer Camellia Garden is located near Renaissance Court.
Norfolk Botanical Garden has more than 1700 camellia plants. Approximately 750 of those plants are found in the Hofheimer Camellia Garden, established in 1992 as a joint project of the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Camellia Society. It is named in memory of Alan J. and Aline F. Hofheimer, founding members of the Virginia Camellia Society. This garden includes 500 different types of Camellia japonica, 40 different types of Camellia sasanqua and more than 180 other species and hybrids.
In 1997, the Garden’s camellia collection was named an Official North American Collection by the American Public Gardens Association’s North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC). The Garden is one of only two NAPCC collections focusing on camellias.
In 2001, the Camellia collection received the Garden of Excellence Award from the International Camellia Society. There are currently only 11 gardens with this designation in the world.
Plants to look for:
Spring: Daffodils, Fortune’s Rhododendron, Kousa Dogwood, Lungwort
Summer: Pee Dee Gold Liriope, Wood Spurge, Yellow Archangel
Fall: Camellia sasanqua, Dogwood, Evergreen Solomon’s Seal
Winter: Camellia japonica, Quicksilver Wild Ginger