Planting Camellias in Montgomery

We had an outstanding day in Montgomery today.  Here is a photo of members of our Camellia Club of Mobile with First Lady Patsy Riley holding a proclamation from Governor Bob Riley declaring 2005 as the Year of the Camellia.  Photo taken on January 7, 2005

This photo was taken immediately after Mrs. Riley assisted us in planting a camellia on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol for future generations to enjoy.  We then joined her at the Governor's Mansion to tour the home and grounds, where we helped label some of the many camellias there.



First Lady Patsy Riley shown planting a camellia at the Alabama State Capitol on January 7, 2004, to commemorate Governor Bob Riley's announcement of a statewide Proclamation declaring 2005 the "Year of the Camellia" in Alabama.  The camellia plant is a 'Pink Perfection' grown in south Mobile County at Davis Nurseries, which also donated the original camellias that were planted on the capitol grounds in 1959 when the camellia was named Alabama's State Flower.


Forrest Latta standing in front of one of the original camellias (a 'Lady Clare') that was planted 45 years ago as the backdrop for the Bill Signing when the Camellia was named Alabama's State Flower and Alabama officially became the "Camellia State."

Bi-partisan smiles for camellias! 
Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley (Republican) with Secretary of State Nancy Worley (Democrat) 
At the press conference to announce the Proclamation and to plant camellias at the state capitol


Photo of Kay Calloway, George Davis and Jane Davis admiring an R.L. Wheeler Variegated at the Governor's Mansion.  This plant was one of many donated by George's grandfather on the occasion in 1959 when the Camellia was named Alabama's State Flower.  The camellias we planted at the capitol today were donated by the same nursery, now operated by his uncle, all grown in Alabama soil.


Mobile and ACS member Kay Calloway admires an R.L. Wheeler in bloom on the grounds of the Alabama Governor's Mansion on January 7, 2005.  We were treated to a tour of the grounds by First Lady Patsy Riley who hosted the club in planting some camellias on the grounds of the state capitol on the occasion of the Governor's proclamation.


Forrest Latta placing a metal plant label on one of the many camellias in bloom at the Alabama Governor's Mansion on the occasion of the Governor's Proclamation of 2005 as the "Year of the Camellia" here in the Camellia State.

Alabama's First Lady Patsy Riley and Director of Tourism Lee Sentell greet a delegate to the Camellia State during the Travel South Convention of tour operators and travel writers held in Mobile in March 2004.  This welcome reception was decorated with over 700 camellia blooms and boutainniers grown by members of the Camellia Club of Mobile.  "Miss Patsy" is wearing a coursage of 'Frank Houser Variegated' grown by Mobile Club members Ray and Kay Calloway.


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