Camellietum Compitese
International Camellia Garden of Excellence
© Cooperativa Centro Culturale Compitese

The Project

“Camellietum  Compitese”

The project of the Camellietum Compitese (Camellietum) was born from the will to offer visitors an occasion to learn about the genus Camellia from a botanic point of view, of its propagation, of its history and its diffusion in the area around Compito after 1800 until today, with the aim to create a bank with the germplasm from these ancient cultivars in order to guarantee their protection and conservation throughout time. The area chosen for the park is a very suggestive place, historically organized and surrounded by short walls with a total extension of 1000 sq. m. circa. These walls are restored and maintained because they are elements of value and represent a tradition of this land. A particular attention was invested in choosing the materials that needed to match the surrounding natural environment and the traditional way to build things in order for the project to be blended as much as possible. The terracings aren’t linked to each other, but they establish four separated areas on different heights, where you can get to from the road to Monte Serra and a path situated about 200 m after the Capo di Vico fountains. In detail, the realization of the project satisfies in particular the following necessities: 1. Conservation of germplasm for the harvesting of the cultivars considered Ancient Camellias of Lucchesia. 2. Didactic purpose, for the choice and organization of specimen and the main types of camellias. 3. Distribution, for the organization of visits and events with camellias themes. 4. Accessibility, for the organization of paths and events that guarantee visits to the park without any difficulties even for people physically disabled. The vegetal collection is organized in three different ways in order to make the didactic learning easier. Distinction of camellias based on their floral and hybrid structure: • Camellias with simple flowers (fertile) • Camellias with semi-double flowers (in part still fertile) • Camellias with double flowers (sterile) Selection of the main specimen: A part of the park will be dedicated to the gathering about 20 of the 260 specimen existing all over the world. The most common will be added: C. japonica (an sample for the three kinds of coloration existing in nature: red, pink and white), C. sasanqua, C. reticolata, C. sinensis exc. Harvesting of cultivars considered “Ancient Camellias of Lucchesia”: 140 cultivars (deriving mainly form the Camellia Japonica) of which not more than 30 – 40 species are to be found on the market since the others haven’t been distributed yet. The park hosts reachable specimen, providing a space for the supplement of new cultivars that will be reproduced in the future.
Camellietum Compitese
International Camellia Garden of Excellence
© Cooperativa Centro Culturale Compitese

The Project

“Camellietum  Compitese”

The project of the Camellietum Compitese (Camellietum) was born from the will to offer visitors an occasion to learn about the genus Camellia from a botanic point of view, of its propagation, of its history and its diffusion in the area around Compito after 1800 until today, with the aim to create a bank with the germplasm from these ancient cultivars in order to guarantee their protection and conservation throughout time. The area chosen for the park is a very suggestive place, historically organized and surrounded by short walls with a total extension of 1000 sq. m. circa. These walls are restored and maintained because they are elements of value and represent a tradition of this land. A particular attention was invested in choosing the materials that needed to match the surrounding natural environment and the traditional way to build things in order for the project to be blended as much as possible. The terracings aren’t linked to each other, but they establish four separated areas on different heights, where you can get to from the road to Monte Serra and a path situated about 200 m after the Capo di Vico fountains. In detail, the realization of the project satisfies in particular the following necessities: 1. Conservation of germplasm for the harvesting of the cultivars considered Ancient Camellias of Lucchesia. 2. Didactic purpose, for the choice and organization of specimen and the main types of camellias. 3. Distribution, for the organization of visits and events with camellias themes. 4. Accessibility, for the organization of paths and events that guarantee visits to the park without any difficulties even for people physically disabled. The vegetal collection is organized in three different ways in order to make the didactic learning easier. Distinction of camellias based on their floral and hybrid structure: • Camellias with simple flowers (fertile) • Camellias with semi-double flowers (in part still fertile) • Camellias with double flowers (sterile) Selection of the main specimen: A part of the park will be dedicated to the gathering about 20 of the 260 specimen existing all over the world. The most common will be added: C. japonica (an sample for the three kinds of coloration existing in nature: red, pink and white), C. sasanqua, C. reticolata, C. sinensis exc. Harvesting of cultivars considered “Ancient Camellias of Lucchesia”: 140 cultivars (deriving mainly form the Camellia Japonica) of which not more than 30 – 40 species are to be found on the market since the others haven’t been distributed yet. The park hosts reachable specimen, providing a space for the supplement of new cultivars that will be reproduced in the future.