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San Marino in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camellia Japonica ‘California’

 
 
Camellia Japonica ‘California’ Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 4, 2018
1. Camellia Japonica ‘California’ Marker
Inscription. `California' is believed to be the oldest camellia plant on record in Southern California. It arrived in 1888 as an unnamed seedling and was purchased for 25 cents off a Japanese tramp steamer in Redondo Beach harbor. For nearly 70 years the plant, which bears large rose-red blooms, graced a residential property in Pico Rivera. In 1959 it was purchased by noted camellia collector Ralph S. Peer Sr., who had the specimen relocated to his home in Hollywood Hills. It was given to The Huntington in 2003.

Donated from Park Hill, the garden of Ralph and Monique Peer.
 
Erected by The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens.
 
Location. 34° 7.7′ N, 118° 6.776′ W. Marker is in San Marino, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from South Allen Avenue south of Orlando Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino CA 91108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Throop Memorial Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away); The First Known Antiparticle (approx. 0.9 miles away); Iris Garden (approx. one mile away); The Millstones
Camellia and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 4, 2018
2. Camellia and Marker
(approx. one mile away); Beckman pH Meter (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bovard - Wilson - Hayes House and Jail (approx. 2 miles away); Pacific Asia Museum (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Mission Playhouse (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Located at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, in the North Vista & Camellia garden, east of the fountain. Open 10-5, closed Tuesdays and major holidays. See their website for admission, map, collections, etc.
 
Also see . . .  The Huntington. (Submitted on October 9, 2018.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
North Vista & Camellia Garden image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 4, 2018
3. North Vista & Camellia Garden
The 17th century Italian fountain was moved here in 1916. The marker is to the right of the fountain, behind the trees, across a small access road.
The Huntington Library image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 4, 2018
4. The Huntington Library
Designed in 1920 by southern California architect Myron Hunt. The library contains a substantial collection of rare books and manuscripts, concentrated in the fields of British and American history and art.
Desert Garden image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 4, 2018
5. Desert Garden
One of the world's largest and oldest collections of cacti, with more than 5,000 species.
Mausoleum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 7, 2018
6. Mausoleum
Designed by John Russell Pope, who later used a similar design for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 12 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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