New York Times Photos

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

Camellia x 'Autumn Spirit'‘Autumn Spirit’ (fall blooming), the lead photo in the NYT article.

Readers will soon tire of me featuring myself in my posts, especially since the recent snowdrop post did just that.  However, I am bursting with excitement and will explode if I can’t do it one more time.  I was recently hired by the New York Times as a free lance photographer to provide the photos for a camellia article interviewing camellia expert Charles Cresson.  The print article “Camellias Ready for a Cold Snap” appeared on January 17, 2013.  One photo is on the cover of the Home section with the full article on page D4.  If you read the small print you will see my name.  You can find the on line version here.  Be sure and click through the slide show.

Camellia "Wax Lips"Unnamed Korean Camellia japonica seedling (spring blooming)


Camellia japonica 'Berenice Boddy' Cresson Garden‘Berenice Boddy’ (spring blooming)


While letting you know about the New York Times article, I thought this post would be a good place to list helpful articles on cold hardy camellias for easy reference.  I did this in the snowdrop post, and it has already proved invaluable to me.  I have interspersed the article names and links with some of my favorite camellia photos to keep the attention of those of you who don’t want to read up on camellias.  I am also going to list the camellias covered in each article in case a reader is interested in a particular cultivar.

Camellia 'April Tryst'‘April Tryst’ (spring blooming)


Camellia x (Ackerman seedling)Unnamed Ackerman Seedling (fall blooming)

December 8, 2010

“Fall-blooming Camellias Part 1”

Camellia oleifera, Elaine Lee, Winter’s Darling

click here to read

Camellia x 'Moon Festival'‘Moon Festival’ (fall blooming), not hardy in zone 6.


Camellia x 'Winter's Interlude'‘Winter’s Interlude’ (fall blooming)

December 17, 2010

“Fall-blooming Camellias Part 2”

Snow Flurry, Winter’s Dream, Autumn Spirit, Winter’s Snowman, Winter’s Charm, Scented Snow, Winter’s Beauty

click here to read

Camellia x 'April Rose'‘April Rose’ (spring blooming)


Camellia x 'Winter's Snowman'‘Winter’s Snowman’ (fall blooming)

November 10, 2011

“Fall-blooming Camellias Part 3”

Snow Flurry, Winter’s Snowman, Winter’s Star, Winter’s Interlude, Moon Festival, Carolina Moonmist

click here to read

Camellia x 'Elaine Lee'‘Elaine Lee’ (fall blooming)


Camellia x 'Pink Icicle'‘Pink Icicle’ (spring blooming)

December 2, 2012

“2012 Fall-blooming Camellias”

Winter’s Joy, Winter’s Snowman, Snow Flurry, Autumn Spirit, Survivor, Long Island Pink, Polar Ice, Ashton’s Ballet, Winter’s Rose, Winter’s Fire

click here to read

Camellia x 'April Blush'‘April Blush’ (spring blooming)

January 2006

“Camellias for Cold Climates” by William L. Ackerman

details Dr. Ackerman’s cold hardy camellia breeding at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC, and describes each cultivar’s ornamental attributes and hardiness

click here to read

Camellia x 'Winter's Beauty'‘Winter’s Beauty’ (fall blooming)

January 17, 2013

The New York Times

‘Camellias Ready for a Cold Snap” by Anne Raver

excellent article profiling cold hardy camellias for the mid-Atlantic and discussing many additional cultivars not mentioned in my articles

click here to read


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I hope that this post will act as a central reference point where I can collect information on cold hardy camellias for the mid-Atlantic.  I intend to add titles and links as I discover more information about one of my favorite topics.  I can see already that I have neglected spring-blooming camellias in favor of the fall-blooming varieties.

Enjoy, Carolyn


Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US, zone 6b.  The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

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81 Responses to “New York Times Photos”

  1. Please dont apologize for your success! The photos are beautiful and you have every right to be proud of yourself.

  2. Congratulations Carolyn… amazing blooms which unfortunately aren’t a possibility for our gardens here. I could easily fall in love with them if they did… Larry

  3. Good news and good fortune should be shared, Carolyn. Congratulations on the NYTimes attention to your beautiful photos. Not only do your photos make me consider additions to my garden, they also invite me to take a moment to pause and consider beauty.

  4. Your photos are lovely & your posts are terrifically informative. Great website!

  5. Murray Callahan Says:

    Congratulations – that is, indeed, a feather in your cap. I look forward to reading more of this when I have a little more time. I was very pleased with my own camellia this season – it’s still cranking out a few flowers, tho’ it’s getting a bit bedraggled after the severe cold.

  6. Congratulations!! Your photos are stunning, they couldn’t have choosen more wisely:)

  7. Congratulations! I can see why you were hired, the camellias and the photos are gorgeous! Jeannine

  8. Carolyn, you are first-class no matter what you do! Great exposure.

  9. Congrats, never is too much to see your name in an important publication!!!

  10. Congratulations on a marvelous coup of truly lovely pictures!

  11. Sara Allen Says:

    You should be excited! I read the article but missed the name of the photographer. Congratulations.

  12. Carolyn, I read the article but didn’t notice your photo credit. Congratulations.

  13. Congratulations! Where can one find an ‘Autumn Spirit’ to purchase in the Phila suburbs?

  14. nwphillygardner Says:

    Congratulations! Being the photog for the NYTimes article is certainly worth crowing about, and since you generously pour yourself into your informative blogposts, it’s great that you’ are sharing your successes along with your horticultural experience and expertise. Thanks for continuing to share all the excitement with us, your blog audience!

  15. Karen Lightner Says:


  16. Congratulations, of course I am very pleased to share your excitement! Well deserved too I would say. Christina

  17. wifemothergardener Says:

    Congratulations, Carolyn! That is really exciting! Your “Unnamed Ackerman Seedling” is just beautiful… I love the ruffle to the petals.

  18. Hi Carolyn. Congratulations on some great photos. I like Pink Icicle very much. Keep informing us of your celebrity status, inquiring minds want to know!

  19. Congratulations! I find that I enjoy the fall blooming camellias more than the spring blooming ones, I guess just because spring already has so much to look forward to. All beautiful photos.

  20. Congratulations, Carolyn! No need to apologize. I know nothing about camellias and look forward to learning from you. P. x

  21. I was so excited and happy for you when I read about this and read the article…just awesome and they chose a fab photographer I must say!

  22. I have April Tryst, hasn’t bloomed for me yet. Was hoping this year it would be doing better, maybe yes, maybe no.

  23. Maria Bonawits Says:

    Hi, Carolyn, and congratulations. I have been enjoying your blog since I saw a reference in a magazine late last year. The text is always so informative, and the photos so gorgeous they make me want to run to the garden and start digging. Unfortunately, I live in the Poconos — land of ice an snow at this time of the year. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to a visit to your nursery in the Spring, to hopefully start on a terrific collection of beautiful (future) blooms! Your dedication and enthusiasm are infectious.

  24. Oh wow! Congrats!! What a beautiful display of gorgeous blooms. Your photography is amazing and to have such lovely camellias. Well done.

  25. Carolyn, this is great! I am so proud of you! Congratulations!!! Photographs are wonderful!

  26. That is wonderful, Carolyn! I will check out the article. I’m just out of the range for Camellias, which makes me very sad. They are so lovely.

  27. Carolyn, I thought you were too modest when I complimented your photography skills last year (when I asked what kind of camera you used). Cheers to you!

  28. I loved seeing your photos in the Times. It is such a great honor and you should be very proud. I am happy for you!!! The photos are beautiful.

  29. Beautiful post! I won’t get tired of enjoying your success and beautiful photos.

  30. How wonderful to be asked. Well done Carolyn – you deserve it.

  31. Congrats on your photos. Such a beautiful shrub but not hardy for my garden area. 😦

  32. How exciting and cool! Congratulations! And thanks for all of the Camellia information. I have not dared to plant one yet, although my neighbor has a lovely red one that starts blooming at Christmas and blooms for well over a month.

  33. aberdeen gardening Says:

    Hi Carolyn, don’t hold back on the featuring thing we all love it. And yes, I did read the article and clicked on the slideshow. Your Camellias and pictures of them are fantastic. I often promote you as the Snowdrop and Hemerocallis lady must remember the Camellias.

  34. Happy day for you, Carolyn… kudos to you! I’m a lover of Camellias but the extreme winter cold and then summer heat doesn’t bode well for them in my gardens. So I so much enjoy seeing your images.

  35. How exciting for you, and your photos of Camellias are exquisite. We love camellias over here.

  36. Congratulations, Carolyn! Being a featured writer *and* a featured photographer all within a few weeks is pretty great!

  37. I don’t know how you could ever sleep at night with excitement like this in your life– huge congratulations Carolyn!

  38. Congratulations, Carolyn! What an honor! I enjoyed looking at the slide show, and, yes, I found your name in the small print! Also, I have fallen in love with Moon Festival!

  39. Wow, congratulations! That is quite the feather.

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