Current Exhibit

Gerbing’s Gardens

Amelia’s Camellias & Gerbing Gardens

Join us for our next 3rd on 3rd St and Exhibit Opening presentation on Friday, September 22nd at 6 pm. Our special guest will be botanical artist Marianne Salas, who will deliver a presentation on Amelia’s Camelias and Gerbing Gardens. In 1937 Gustav George Gerbing transformed about seven acres of family property along the Amelia River into a public garden, Gerbing’s Azalea Gardens, with plans for massive plantings of azaleas and camellias for viewing and for sale. The entire fifteen-acre holding became Gerbing Gardens, with groves of native trees including cedars, magnolias, bay, pines, live oaks and water oaks draped with Spanish moss, and wisteria trees. Gerbing sold his camellias and ran the nursery for over 14 years. Though the garden closed in 1950, he continued to hybridize his camellias until his death in 1982. Today the site is recognized for its historical significance, and is registered by the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institute. This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd St.

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