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 March 3rd, 2020

The March 3rd, 2020 executive meeting will be held at the home of Antje Guertler at 2261 Tamarack Drive in Courtenay. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the February executive meeting minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.

NIRS Monthly Meeting March 10th, 2020

“Gardens of Bremen, Germany”

On Tuesday, March 10th, NIRS member and Past President, Judi Murakami, will present the beautiful gardens around Bremen, Germany. While attending the ARS Convention in the spring of 2018, Judi took the opportunity to attend a special garden tour and she will share with us the many wonderful and colourful photos taken around these fabulous gardens.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm with the presentation beginning at 7:30 pm. Members and guests welcome!


Rhododendron of the Month:   ‘Blue Baron’

Rarely does a rhododendron that has ‘blue’ in its name, actually look blue. However, this one really does! A hybrid consisting of the species Rhododendron augustinii, Rhododendron rusatum, and Rhododendron minus, the plant will be low growing to 2 feet in 10 years. Leaves are oblong about 2” long and grows with compact, mounding habit that requires protection from winter winds.
Cold hardy to -10°F (-23°C) this plant has clusters of near-blue, trumpet shaped flowers with lavender throats. ‘Blue Baron’ was hybridized in 1981 by E. V. Mezitt, of Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, Massachusetts.