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A Half-Century of Camellias Find a New Home

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Camellias in Marjorie O’Malley’s garden, dug, balled, and wrapped for the move to San Francisco Botanical Garden. Author’s photographs except as noted

The author wrote about Marjorie O’Malley’s camellia garden in the January 2005 issue of Pacific Horticulture. She returns to complete the story of Marjorie’s camellias as they take up residence in a new garden.

A tall Camellia reticulata being lifted by crane for placement on the flatbed truck

Marjorie O’Malley’s enchanting garden, where nearly three hundred magnificent camellias clothed the hills of her oak woodland in Woodside, California, was extraordinary in its beauty. It also represented a half-century of thoughtful effort and systematic collection as, each year, Marge added new camellia introductions from the renowned Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena, California, to her ever-expanding garden. Marge actually started her camellia collection in Southern California, and the Nuccios moved her camellias to Woodside in 1969, planting them for her in their new home.

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