In honor of the first meeting of the U.S. League of Independent Tea Growers, we decided to make it official and get ourselves on-line. We've been around for awhile, giving classes, growing and making tea, and love working with customers. It was harder than I though to come up with a name for what we do, though. The word "tea" lends itself to many different and interesting words that captured the spirit of the tea gardens and have a little fun, like: "Tea-for-all" or "Serene-tea" gardens, or "Tea-ching" tea. We settled on a name, Camellia Forest Tea Gardens, that simply describes who we are and what we do - we are tend our own tea gardens at Camellia Forest and help others establish their own tea gardens.
One of the things I like about the name "Tea Gardens" is that is has more than one meaning: such as, our own gardens at Camellia Forest, and the potential gardens of our customers. And someday, in my dreams, it may even stand for the Tea House and Garden we hope to build on site to host our workshops and tastings. I'm also enamored by the historical "tea gardens," which were places for people to gather, enjoy music and conversation, and drink tea in the outdoors
Christine Parks, owner and operator of Camellia Forest Tea Gardens, enjoys teaching about tea and the creative process of taking tea from garden to cup.