About Us

How We Began

Our business began in Savannah, GA  when Francis Eugene Phillips began selling Azaleas and Camellias as a way to make a living for his small family.  Francis was a disabled WWII veteran that found growing Camellias and Azaleas a therapeutic past time.  But little did he know that the passion he had for this remarkable winter blooming flower would not only be the basis for making a living for his family, but one that he would pass down through generations.

Francis founded Gene’s Nursery in 1957 and it still continues today, 60 years later.  The Camellia passion continues with our family owned and operated business just as it did for Francis.  We are not only growing Camellias, but we are growing a whole new generation of Camellia Growers!

Camellias and The Internet

In 2007,  just as the internet was beginning to get into full swing,  we opened our online retail business, Camelliashop.  Although we were no stranger to mail order camellias, with the establishment of our website our business expanded nationally.  Today we have the certifications to ship our Camellias in the soil to every state on the US mainland.

What Makes Us Different From Other Online Nurseries

We are not an ‘internet only’ plant nursery.  We have a retail outlet for local shopping as well as our mail order service.

We are not a plant broker.  We are the grower, we are the shipper and many times we are the developer.  You are buying directly from us – the grower.

We know the plants we are selling.  We have grown Camellias for over 60 years in our family owned business and we have always made it our priority to publish the right information.

You can rest assured that the product descriptions and photos you are viewing or purchasing are true and accurate. We don’t guess or make assumptions.  You will find the product description always matches the photos.

You will also never see stolen plant images on our website, catalog or tags.  The images are ours.   If you see an image like ours on someone else’s website, know that they were borrowed from us and many times without our permission.

We take pride in the plants we grow and sell and want to make sure you, the customer, have all of the information necessary for you to make a purchase that will give you great success with Camellias.  That’s why we publish a blog full of articles to help you grow better camellias.

We take our plants personally!  We love the stories that come with many plants and we try to pass that along to you to enjoy. We make it our business to know our plants and the colorful history that comes along with them.

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