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 Feb. 4th:
The February 4th, 2020 executive meeting will be held at the home of Joanne & Doug Williams at 614 Jubilee Court in Comox. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am. Members are asked to review the January executive meeting minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.
NIRS Monthly Meeting Feb. 11th:
On Tuesday, February 11th, we will feature a special showing of the movie “The Gardener” for our members and guests. The movie showcases the 20-acre English style garden and summer estate of gardener & horticulturalist Frank Cabot.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Charlevoix County in Quebec, this estate garden was developed over 75 years and three generations. It is an enchanting place of beauty and surprise that has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens.
Doors will open at 7 pm with the presentation beginning at 7:30 pm. Members and guests welcome!
Rhododendron of the Month: ‘Patty Bee’
R. ‘Patty Bee’ (keiskei ‘Yaku Fairy’ x fletcherianum) is a dwarf evergreen rhododendron with wavy-edged, funnel-shaped, pale yellow flowers. Small, dusty green foliage turns bronze in winter. Thrives in cooler regions, but some protection from winter wind is helpful. Very effective in border plantings or as an accent.
‘Patty Bee’ is a Warren Berg hybrid that likes partial sun and grows 2’ tall in 10 years. It blooms in early midseason and is cold hardy to -5°F (-21°C). This plant has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.