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Gerbing Gardens Exhibit Coming to Amelia Island Museum of History

Aug 28, 2017 08:27AM
The Amelia Island Museum of History is be home to a new temporary exhibit, a celebration of Gerbing Gardens, beginning Friday, September 15 at 6 p.m., featuring special guest Marianne Salas. In 1937, Gustav George Gerbing transformed seven acres of family property along the Amelia River into a public garden. The entire 15-acre holding became Gerbing Gardens, with groves of native tress including cedars, magnolias, bay, pines, live and water oaks, and wisteria trees. The Gerbing family ran a nursery on the property and sold camellias for 14 years.

Salas, a painter, photographer, and garden historian will present “Camelias: How an Imposter Became a Southern Garden Staple – The Natural and Social History of Camelias.” Refreshments will be available and the new exhibit will be unveiled. There is a suggested donation of $5 for Museum members, and $10 for nonmembers. For more information call the Museum at (904) 261-7378.