One of the goals of the USLTG is to spread awareness about US Tea. We begin a series of Featured Grower posts, showcasing the work of tea growers across the country.
Today we welcome our first Featured Grower:
Camellia Forest Nursery.
Name: Camellia Forest Nursery
Grower: David & Christine Parks
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Camellia Forest (www.camforest.com) is a small family-operated retail nursery in Chapel Hill, NC. The Parks Family has been collecting and breeding Camellias for over 50 years, including a wide variety of different species from around the world and the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. They are located in the central North Carolina Piedmont (Zone 7).
Looking to propagate tea from seed but not sure where to source from? Look no further! We expect seed to be available in the USA towards end of October. It is freshly collected, high viability out crossed seed from quality Darjeeling gardens sited above 6,000 ft to ensure some cold hardiness. This is a team effort! Nigel Melican (Teacraft) is sourcing the seeds in-person in India and Jason McDonald (Great Mississippi Tea Company), will handle the invoicing and shipping once the seeds have cleared customs. The seeds will be phytosanitary inspected by the USDA and free of diseases and pests.
Price is $.22 a seed (plus shipping dependent upon value of order). Minimum order is 100 seeds.
- 100 to 1,000 ($22 per 100 seed)
- 1,100 to 5,000 ($18 per 100 seed
- 5,100+ ($15 per 100 seed)
To order, receive an estimate, or for tea seed questions, please contact Nigel at Teacraft (firstname.lastname@example.org). Order not firm until payment made.