Camellia Collection

Chiswick’s conservatory camellias are one of the oldest collections under glass in Europe. Brought by ship from China, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years, they were a luxury commodity and a symbol of status in 18th century England. We now have a large, thriving collection outdoors.

Image: Camellia japonica ‘Parksii’ in the Conservatory. Photo by John Fielding

These plants were in danger of being lost as the Conservatory fell into ruin in the late 20th century. Three local members of the International Camellia Society stepped in to look after them. Today, we look after 33 different varieties, including examples of many of the earliest varieties introduced to Britain.

Safeguarding our collection

Cuttings of our camellias are being propagated so that we have duplicates of the collection in safekeeping. We are replicating the historic varieties in the gardens so they can thrive outside.

Self-led camellia trail

Download our camellia trail map and discover the eight different varieties of beautiful camellias thriving outdoors throughout the gardens.

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Plan Your Visit

Our Gardens are open to visitors every day. Find out more about tickets and opening times.


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Your support helps deliver volunteering, community outreach and learning activities as well as provide dawn-til-dusk access to our award-winning 18th-century landscape for everyone every day.

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