Rhododendrons Love the Comox Valley
The North Island chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is based in the beautiful Comox Valley. Serving the surrounding communities of northern Vancouver Island, this ARS chapter is a welcoming place to enjoy rhododendrons and azaleas. Our regular meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month (except May thru August) at the United Church in Comox – 250 Beach Drive.
Thank you and Congratulations:
Once again the NIRS would like to thank the members of the public who supported our two major fund raisers for the year – the April 28th Plant Sale and the May 12th Mother’s Day Garden Tour. Both were a tremendous success!
We congratulate Margaret Summerfield of Comox winner of R. ‘Dora Amateis’ at our sale, and Paulette Weighill of Campbell River winner of ‘PJM’ for the Garden Tour draw.
June 4th Executive Meeting:
The June 4th, 2019 executive meeting will be held in the garden of Noni & Dave Godfrey at 4686 Montrose Drive in Union Bay. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am. Members are asked to review the April executive meeting minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.
NIRS Annual June Picnic June 15th
Saturday, June 15th – 4 PM to 8 PM
This year’s annual wrap-up potluck picnic will once again be held in the beautiful garden of member Robert Argall on Saturday, June 15th. The fun begins at 4 PM with tours of the garden and lawn games before the delicious supper. Be sure to RSVP to Louise Casson by Saturday June 8th and remember to bring your dinner utensils and lawn chairs, in addition to your dinner contribution. Hope to see many members there!
Rhododendron of the Month:
Hallelujah has pink trumpet-shaped flowers with red throats and dark red spots. Of all the rhododendrons introduced in recent years, Greer says, this is one of the best. For foliage and plant, few rhododendrons come near its beauty. The leaves are deep woodland green, extremely heavy textured and have an attractive, downward curving form. The flowers are elegant rose-red in a large, tight truss. It is probably a tetraploid, meaning it has extra chromosomes which give extra substance to the leaves, stems and flowers. It’s an adaptable rhododendron you will admire every time you see it, but never more than when it is in flower!
Hardy to -15°F ( -26°C) this beautiful rhododendron will grow to 5′ in 10 years. Hybridized by Harold Greer of Eugene, OR from parents ‘Jean Marie de Montague’ x ‘Kimberly’.