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 will be our annual potluck picnic to be held at Robert Argall’s garden on Saturday, June 17th at 4 PM. In addition to your contribution of an appetizer, salad, savory dish or dessert for the meal, be sure to bring your plates, mugs and cutlery, along with a comfortable lawn chair. There will be lots of fun and games to enjoy as well as an opportunity to socialize with other members. We hope to see many of our NIRS members attend this wrap up for the season.

Rhododendron of the Month:

‘Nancy Evans’

One of the more popular yellow rhododendrons, Nancy Evans have leaves that are narrowly elliptic, 4 inches long, shiny, medium green when mature and bronze colored when new. Flowers are openly funnel-shaped with wavy lobes 2½” across, light yellow with some early orange shading on lobes and reverse, hose-in-hose. The midseason blooms consist of ball-shaped trusses holding 19 flowers. With rounded, compact habit, Nancy Evans grows to 3 feet in 10 years. Cold hardy to 5°F (-15°C) it is a cross between ‘Hotei’ and ‘Lem’s Cameo’.  Hybridized by E.C. Brockenbrough of Bellevue, WA in 1970.