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Debbie started CamelliaShop in 2007. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on CamelliaShop?
In 1991, I had the life-changing opportunity to become a part of Gene’s Nursery, one of the oldest nurseries in Savannah Georgia.
When I had the opportunity to leave my office job and get my hands into soil, I was happy and I was hooked.
Gene’s Nursery has its roots firmly planted in our quaint historic coastal city and it’s passion was the Camellia. Camellias are ornamental shrubs that produce brilliant blossoms during the fall and winter. They are the most unique flowering shrub species found today and are considered the Queen of Ornamental shrubs.
One camellia species in particular, Camellia Sinensis, is responsible for the beverage we all love to drink - Tea! Camellias thrive in the south, and in Savannah Georgia they are treasured beauties that are the essence of our gardens, our tables and our hearts.
I immediately fell in love with the nursery and the Camellia, but gardening is not a new hobby for me. I have always had a love of blooming things as my maternal grandmother, Dora Lee, had my hands in the dirt from the time I was able to walk. We grew all sorts of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.
Being in the garden and one with nature was the most enjoyable time in my life and created not only lasting memories with my Grandmother, but the inspiration I needed to become a horticulturist. So when I had the opportunity to leave my office job and get my hands into soil, I was happy and I was hooked.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater