Camellias 101 Virtual Workshop


Camellias with Mark Crawford, Owner of Loch Laurel Nursery

This virtual workshop will cover all things camellia from identifying varieties and flower types to planting, pruning, disease identification and control and propagation….and much more.   This is truly a workshop for everyone from the camellia newbie to the enthusiast!

Mark Crawford grew up in rural western New York.  Obtained BS in Plant Science from the University of Delaware, and a MS in Plant Pathology from University of Arkansas.  Worked at Auburn University for 8 years as a Research Associate doing fungicide evaluation on peanuts, soybeans and turfgrass.   Worked at Griffin Corp in Valdosta for 16 years as Manager of Biological Services developing crop protection chemicals for field, vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops.

Mark is currently self-employed as NIPAN LLC that developed and markets a nickel-based fertilizer for pecan production and nursery crops.  He also owns and operates Loch Laurel Nursery, a small specialty camellia nursery in Valdosta, Georgia.  The nursery specializes in newer camellias and early blooming japonicas that start the season in October. Became interested in camellias in the 1990s after becoming a good friend of Hulyn Smith who was a world-famous camellia grower and hybridizer. In addition to camellias, the nursery grows cold-hardy citrus and has several varieties of satsumas and other citrus not typically grown in the southeast.  Has been a member of the Southeastern Citrus Expo for several years that focuses on growing citrus north of Florida. Been very involved in citrus research in Lowndes county supporting the emerging citrus industry in South Georgia.  Research has focused on new rootstocks and varieties.  Mark has served on the board of the American Camellia Society since 1999 and Chair of the ACS Horticulture and Research Committee.

Cost is $15 members/$20 nonmembers. Registrants will receive a link to Zoom the morning of this workshop.   For a Zoom primer click HERE.

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