The University of West Florida (UWF) Camellia Garden is a collaboration between the University of West Florida, the Pensacola Camellia Club and the UWF Retired Employee Association designed to showcase Pensacola registered varieties along with camellias from around the world. This garden was established in 2007 as a combined partnership as the University was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The newly formed UWF Retired Employees Association was searching for a lasting gift to the university to commemorate the occasion and the Pensacola Camellia Club was searching for a way to gather, protect and showcase a specimen of every camellia variety developed and registered by local Pensacola area hobbyists over the previous 80 years. The timing could not have been more perfect and within a few months a formal agreement was finalized. A memorandum of understanding assures the long –term care and upkeep of the garden by all three partners.
In February of 2017 with the completion of the Camellia Garden Enhancement Project in recognition of the University’s 50th anniversary, this three-fourths of an acre garden was rededicated. The garden was transformed with paved walkways, lighting, memorial benches and bricks to honor loved ones in an enduring reflective space.
The UWF Camellia Garden is apart of the American Camellia Society’s Gulf Coast Camellia Trail Gardens, which includes many public gardens with significant camellia collections. We invite you to explore these individual gardens by visiting the following link.
Directions to UWF Camellia Garden
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If heading east on 9 Mile Road you will turn North/left at University Pkwy. At the UWF entrance turn right at the light onto Campus Dr., at the next light turn left at Campus Lane than right back onto Campus Dr. your heading to Parking Lot W. Warning there is construction near the garden.
Coming from Pace area/East on Alt 90 use the UWF East Entrance turning right onto Campus Dr. At the light turn right onto Campus Lane than right back onto Campus Dr. your heading to Parking Lot W.