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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. Doors open at 7 PM with meetings beginning at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend. 

 

Our next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12th will be our annual members’ potluck Christmas dinner and party. The festivities begin at 5 PM with dinner around 6 PM.
Members are asked to bring their offering of an appetizer, entrée or dessert to compliment the meal, along with their own cutlery and drink cups. Hot cider, coffee and tea will be provided, along with a cooked ham and dinner rolls with butter.
Following the meal, our traditional Trivia game, as well as Heads or Tails games (bring $5 worth of Loonies if you wish to participate) will add to the evening’s enjoyment. We hope to see our many members attend and join in the fun!

 

 

Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Isola Bella’

This non-fragrant pale lavender flower is broadly funnel-shaped 2¼” across. Opens very pale purple and ages to yellowish-white with faint pink blush at lobe centers and faint yellow to green spotting with 3-5 flowers per bud. Blooms in early to mid-season.

The plant has glossy dark green leaves about 1¾” long and grows with dense habit to an average height of 5’ in 10 years. It is cold hardy to -5°F (-21°C)

Hybridized by J.B. Brueckner of Mississauga, Ontario in 1979.