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Behold the Blooms — Annual camellia show set for Feb. 2

The Brookhaven Camellia Society will host its annual show at The Event Center at The Homestead at Brookhaven Nurseries on Feb. 2. This is a change from the past venue at the Brookhaven Recreation Center. Entries will be accepted 7:30-10-30 a.m. Public viewing will be 2-5 p.m. The competition and show are free and the public is welcome to enter blooms and attend the afternoon viewing.

Last year’s show was the largest in the Southeast United States, said BCS president Bill Perkins. The BCS has over 50 members from Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Madison, New Orleans, Lafayette and even Atlanta.

“There continues to be a youth category which is kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Perkins. “If they’re uncertain what a bloom’s name is they can always enter three of a kind.”

Presentation of the blooms is important to the judges, so entrants should bring the blooms they want displayed and that can be left at the venue, Perkins said.

“A recent favorite has been the little glass jars of Oui yoghurt,” he said. “Anything like that to have water in to display your blooms.”

The Mizell Camellia Nursery of Folsom, Louisiana, will be there with plants for sale beginning at 7:30 a.m.

This show is dedicated to the memory of longtime camellia enthusiast, former BCS president and show chairman Homer Richardson.