The Sam M. Wellborn Camellia Garden was planned and planting began in 2012 with the installation of 150 camellias. The Garden has now grown to a collection of 750 varieties of camellias, including both tried and true and the latest and best varieties. In the lower half of the garden there are currently seven groupings of camellias: Fragrant, Historic, Hybrid, Japonica, Miniature, Reticulata, and Species. The upper and newly planted section houses rare and new camellia species, thus ensuring variety and interest and educational opportunities. Well-known area nurseryman Tommy Alden chose the categories and worked with our landscape architect on placement. In the center of the garden is a spectacular fountain. During December of 2018, a camellia overlook with water bowl and bell were added. Work on the garden is still ongoing, it is already being utilized as a teaching tool and photo opportunity as well as a beautiful, restful area.