Camellias are a big deal in Galicia. They started bringing them from the orient centuries ago, and they thrived in the humid, temperate climate.
Pontevedra is hosting the International Camellia Society Congress this week:
The Congress sessions will cover different fields, which enable the participation of the different sectors involved in the camellia world: tourism, ornamental, nursery field, landscape gardening and scientific sectors, trying to deal with all aspects related to the camellia plant.
Sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday morning and on Friday afternoon. The rest of the days include visits to the gardens, nurseries, exhibits and other attractions.
Attendees will be going to the Estación Fitopatolóxica do Areeiro
one of the most important camellia research centre in the world, gathering an important camellia collection with more than eight hundred camellia cultivars. Their studies are mainly focused on camellia identification using morphological and molecular markers, on the viability and profitability of tea and oil camellia production in Galicia.
I have a spot picked out to try a couple. I´m intrigued by the camellias grown for oil, although a couple of camelia sinensis for tea might be a good idea too.