Avery Island's Jungle Gardens - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia. They became very popular in Europe in the mid 1800's, and gardeners in South Louisiana began importing them to improve our gardens. E. A. McIlhenny took a special interest in the beautiful plants. By 1941 he had collected over 700 varieties of Camellias to grow in Jungle Gardens, at least 18 of which he originated. See The History of Jungle Gardens by Lisa B. Osborn, Shane K. Bernard, and Scott Carroll).

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