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.

NIRS Executive Meeting Nov. 5th:

The November 5th executive meeting will be held at the home of Val and Aubrey Ferris, 1922 Greenwood Crescent in Comox. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the October executive meeting minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.

Oct. 8th Monthly Meeting:

On Tuesday, November 12th our chapter will be hosting Mr. Steve Hootman as he reviews our CV Rhododendron Garden and recommends changes to sustain its future. Steve has been the Executive Director of the RSF & Botanical Garden in Federal Way, WA since 1992 and brings a wealth of knowledge about the genus. Since he is in the valley, Steve has agreed to be our guest speaker at our meeting that evening. No doubt,  Steve will present one of his many colourful and informative programs.

Doors open at 7 PM with the presentation beginning at 7:30.


Rhododendron of the Month:  ‘Mission Bells’

‘Mission Bells’ has lax trusses of bell-shaped white flowers with a blush of pink from the bud in mid-spring. The blue-green waxy foliage is very round and plentiful on these mounded plants. It is also valued for its lightly fragrant flowers and attractive, glossy foliage.

‘Mission Bells’ is compact and slow-growing to 4’ tall and wide in 10 years. It prefers partial shade but can adapt to sun or full shade. Hardy to -5°F (-21°C), it was hybridized by Ben Lancaster of Camas, WA. (williamsianum x orbiculare ssp orbiculare).