Camellia’s show stopping pink and white flowers are a burst of bright color amidst Madison Square Park’s fall foliage. While camellias typically bloom from October through May, ours are fall bloomers, as the New York City winters are too harsh for the plants’ flowers. In fact, the park’s coastal location and mild climate make it one of the northernmost collections of camellia in the United States. Even in winter, however, the camellias’ evergreen leaves provide the park with a welcome splash of green. Long before they reached the shores of America, camellias had been cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries.