Do you ever wonder how Camellias are named? Carolus Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish botanist, is responsible for most of the world’s classification of plants and animals, otherwise known as taxonomy.
The first camellias brought into North America were in the latter 1700’s and were sent to Savannah, Georgia. These were seeds of Camellia sinensis and were sent to the Trust Gardens in the hopes that tea could be established here as an agricultural crop. The rest is an interesting history.....
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Camellia sasanqua is one of the most popular species of Camellias found in gardens today. It typically blooms in the fall and you will certainly be able to identify them by the colorful carpet of petals they leave behind!
I love experimenting with all the nifty things I can do with my tea plants. My daughter gave me a gift of Matcha tea recently. I really liked the flavor and the texture. I also like that I can add it to my smoothies and other food. So I decided that I would try to make my own Matcha style Tea.