Beautiful dazzling rays of spring sunshine enticed me to spend the afternoon in the historic grounds of Chiswick House to view their collection of Camelias as part of their 2012 festival.
The Neo-Palladian villa set in 65 acres is reputed to be one of the finest examples in London built by Lord Burlington in 1729 to house his vast collection of art acquired from his fashionable European Grand Tour. Lord Burlington also resided at Burlington House on Piccadilly, today the Royal Academy which I visited last week to see David Hockneys latest exhibition.
The Camelia festival is a celebration of the over thirty historic Camellias, some planted 200 years ago and considered to be one of the most important collections in the world housed in the newly restored 300ft long Conservatory and includes one of the only two surviving ‘Middlemist’s Red’ in the world.
Below are some snapshots of some of the flowers on display. Whilst growing several camelias in our garden I didn't quite appreciate the diverse range and I have fallen for Camelias once more. Coco Chanel knew all along with her great love for the flower. If its good enough for CC its good enough for me.