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.
All are welcome to attend our regular meetings which 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.
The North Island Rhododendron Society (NIRS) works with the city of Courtenay to maintain the Comox Valley Rhododendron Garden (CVRG) – a public garden located along the walking path between the Historic Train building on Cliffe Ave. and the Courtenay Airpark.
Rhododendron of the Month
‘Papaya Punch’ is a compact shrub growing to 3 to 4 ft. in 10 years. It is cold hardy to 0°F (-18°C).
Flower openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3½” across, light yellowish-pink with pale orange-yellow edges, brilliant yellow rays and vivid red spotting.
Parentage: ‘Hotei’ x ‘Brandt’s Tropicana’
Hybridized by E.C. Brockenbrough of Bellevue, WA.