Based on the principle that the camellia is a unique differentiating resource and that the enormous wealth and expansion of this flower in Galicia has turned it into a landscape and heritage value that places our territory as an international reference, Tourism of Galicia to advanced that the public administration will launch the Committee of the Route of the Camelia that will be “a definite step” in the professionalization of the gardens included in this unique product.
The head of Tourism of the Xunta also advanced other planned actions such as the launch of a campaign of wines and camellias, as well as the participation with a design garden inspired in Galicia, dedicated to camellia, at the International Festival of Gardening Hampton Court. “Initiatives that continue with the commitment to promote this Route of the Camelia that we are fortunate to have in Galicia,” he explained.
And is that the activities linked to the camellia follow these days and the XXII Journey around camellia, organized by the Association Friends of Camelia do Val do Ulla in collaboration with the Concello de Vedra held this week next to the Pazo de Santa Cruz Of Ribadulla, was succeeded by the Camellia and Landscape International Congress, an initiative of the School of Landscape gardening of Galicia that was held on March 2 and 3 in the Pazo de Rubiáns with the participation of world experts in this flower that allowed to know firsthand both The history of the camellias, actuality, presence in other territories, beauty of its varieties as its ornamental and landscape potential. The seminars, carried out in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Pontevedra, Xunta de Galicia and USC, also had as one of their objectives to take advantage of the research carried out by Gao Yiyin, professor of the Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry and Landscape Architecture of China To progress in the cultivation of camellia varieties that bloom all year, something that has already been achieved in the Asian country, which would allow to enjoy this flower also during the summer. In addition, the Diputación de Pontevedra wants to continue increasing its number of Gardens of International Excellence of the Camelia, presenting the nominations of Pazo da Saleta and Quinteiro da Cruz. The latter will also host a conference on camellia and gastronomy at the end of March.
Today our community is the second most camellia variety after Japan, with more than 200 species and about 30 thousand different varieties of camellias. In addition, no other place offers the visitor a variety of species of camellia flower, collectors, exhibitions and producers of camellia plant that resembles that of Galicia. Even its presence is in the centers of the cities, becoming, for many Galicians, the emblem flower of Galicia, explained the director of Tourism of Galicia.
With own tourist signage
Through the Camelia Route, an international referent formed by a dozen public and private gardens, the Xunta de Galicia continues to bet on the value of our historical and botanical heritage, allowing us to discover the resources of the municipalities in which they are located The main enclaves and gardens with camellias and that have their own tourist signage to identify it.