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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 activity will be our monthly meeting on April 11th, 2017.  Our program speaker for the evening will be Philip MacDougal of Maple Ridge, BC on the topic: “Rhododendrons of Yunnan“.  Philip will describe his search for rhododendrons during two weeks of independent travel through western Yunnan, China in what he describes as the “ultimate garden of the world”. 

Rhododendron of the Month:

‘Dora Amateis’

This compact plant grows to 3 feet in 10 years, with dark green leaves. Prefers some shade for best performance and grows twice as wide as it does tall. The lightly fragrant white flowers bloom in early to midseason. They are generally white with a greenish-yellow spotting on the dorsal lobe and are held in lax trusses of 6 – 8 flowers. One of the hardy rhododendron hybrids, Dora Amateis can tolerate temperatures to -15º F (-26º C).

Hybridized by Edmond Amateis of Brewster, NY in 1951.