CPEOPLE | CULTURE | HAPPENINGS trending Japonica or Sasanqua? Cool Bloomers By MEGHAN BARNES Photography by ALLISON POTTER amellias have become an intricate part of the landscape that cloaks the homes and community grounds of the Cape Fear region, and a representation of the strong sense of Southern pride homeowners place in their landscaping. Camellia shrubs had a long, hard journey before taking root in the sandy soil of North Carolina’s Azalea Coast. Originally native to Eastern and Southeastern Asia, camellias were first introduced into European society in the late 1700s after being viewed in the gardens of Thorndon Hall in Essex, England. Because their beauty and elegance were so rare, they became a status symbol, many of them being named after the royal gardens in which they grew. They were quickly traded and exported to other countries via the British East India Company, which is how they first came to the shores of America in 1792, and were brought to North Carolina to decorate the homes and gardens of wealthy Wilmingtonians shortly thereafter. 11 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM Nuccio’s Cameo.
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