The National Exhibition of the Winter Camellia

The National Exhibition of the Winter Camellia. Camellias are among the most beloved and beautiful winter-flowering shrubs. This dainty emblem of Lake Maggiore thrives in the acidic soil and balmy climate of the area, and is celebrated here every year in December. The National Exhibition of the Winter Camellia, held in Villa Giulia on Lake Maggiore, is a time-honoured collaboration between the Consortium of the Typical Flowers of Lake Maggiore and Verbania Town Council, at which over 100 camellias are presented. 

Rare in the wild, but especially popular in cultivated collections, camellia is commonly used to make tea, cooking oil, and hair care products. It is particularly prized as an ornamental plant, with its flowers ranging in colour from milk white to rose pink. Many of the camellia species exhibited here can be admired from the exceptional private villas surrounding the lake, such as Laveno, Reno, Verbania, and Stresa.

The quaint camellia flower blooms from autumn to late winter, and can reach a height of up to five metres. This exhibit showcases the very best locally grown camellias, including those of the Borromeo Islands, Villa Taranto and Villa Pallavicino, with many plants available to buy. The event also offers workshops, presentations and seasonal refreshments.

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