The Coastal Discovery Museum Camellia Garden at Honey Horn is recognized for its unique collection of 131 historic and exotic camellia plants located along a romantic, meandering pathway under some of the most magnificent oak trees on Hilton Head Island. The combination of the moss laden oaks and the beautiful camellia blooms, gives one a sense of peacefulness and an appreciation of the extraordinary nature of the Lowcountry. Click here to find the garden inventory.


Each camellia plant was selected from thousands of possibilities for its uniqueness and beauty. It is the only public camellia garden on Hilton Head Island. The bloom period starts in November and runs through mid-March.

The Garden was designed and funded by Fred and Donna Manske – long-time benefactors of the Museum. The inspiration for the Garden came when the couple was walking the Honey Horn property back in 2008.

The Camellia Garden at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island became part of the American Camellia Garden Trail in 2016. The American Camellia Society sponsors the trail in partnership with 31 other camellia gardens located throughout the nation including the Magnolia Plantation Gardens and Middleton Place in Charleston and Masse Lane Gardens in Georgia. Visitors from around the world seek the beauty of the garden trail during the Camellia blooming season, which runs from November to March.

Click here to read an article from the Island Packet about the Camellia Garden.

Click here to read an article from Hilton Head Monthly about the garden’s founders – Donna and Fred Manske.

Here are a few of the stunning blooms from the Garden:

rtia hagmannchangs temple

Rita Hagmann – C. reticulata                                                     Chang’s Temple.  – C. reticulata

Large peony form, winter bloom                                              Loose, peony form, spring bloom

Jury's Yellow (2)Black Magic (2) (1280x853)

Jury’s Yellow                                                                                 Black Magic

Large peony form, spring bloom                                                   Semi-double form, winter bloom

Tama No Ura (2) (1280x853) Winter's Waterlily (1280x853)





Tama-No-Ura – C. japonica                                                        Winter’s Waterliliy – C. oleifera hybrid

Single form, spring bloom                                                           Small anenome form, winter bloom

Tom Knutsen (1) (1280x853) Fire Falls (3) (1280x853)





Tom Knudsen – C. reticulate  x C. japonica                                                Fire Falls – C. japonica

Large, double rose form,  winter bloom                                            Medium, full peony form, spring bloom