United States of America, California, San Mateo County, Atherton
Camellia Hedges (Atherton, California)
ca 1940, 2007-2012
Owned by two successive generations, Camellia Hedges is a garden for all seasons. Designed in the tradition of an English plantsman's garden, it incorporates formal elements into a rich tapestry of plant collections including camellias, cherries, magnolias, spring bulbs, roses, hydrangeas, clematis, rhododendrons, and numerous perennials. The garden includes what is considered to be the largest private garden collection of noteworthy camellias in northern California, if not on the west coast.
Persons associated with the garden include: the Savage family (former owners, 1938-date unknown), the McLean family (former owners); Benjamin Swig (former owner, date unknown-1960); Kathryn L. and Cullen W. Coates (former owners, 1960-1984); Leo Sharp (architect, 1938); Sam Spinelli (gardener, 1960-1965); Thomas Church (landscape architect, ca. 1970-1980); Chris Christopherson (architect, 1984); Jack Stafford (landscape architect, 1984); Myra Brocchini (architect, 1996); Jonathan Plant (landscape architect, horticulturist, 1996); and Ben Gill (gardener, 1965-present).
The folder includes worksheets and copies of articles.
This property was featured in: "Treasured camellias in a California Garden," by Terry Hamilton, published in The Garden Club of America Bulletin, June 1999, p. 20; "Camellias in your landscape," in the American Camellia Yearbook, 2001, pp. 77-80, C5-C7; and "In the Bay Area, camellia fanciers create hybrids with enhancements," by Angela Neal, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2005, pp. G1, G8