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.

November 13th general meeting:

Our November 13th guest speakers will be NIRS members Sue Grant and Garth Wedemire from Comox.  Sue and Garth will present “Gardens of Wales Tour” which describes a visit to Wales with the Scottish Rhododendron Society this past April.

Doors open at 7:00 pm with the presentation commencing at 7:30 pm. Following the presentation, there will be a short refreshment break before the business portion of the meeting. Guests are welcome to attend. 

 December 4th executive meeting:

The December 4th, 2018 executive meeting will be held at the home of Joanne & Doug Williams, 614 Jubilee Court in Comox. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the November minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting. 


Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Pink Parasol’

‘Pink Parasol’ is one of the Yak cultivars, with excellent shape and masses of flowers. The campanula flower trusses are about 3 inches across with a pale mauve/pink colour and a lightly spotted orange yellow throat. ‘Pink Parasol’ blooms pink in June, with the colour fading to white as flowering progresses. Best flowering is achieved when planted in good light.

New growth is also extremely attractive with silvery felted leaves. The leaves are flat about 4 inches long with a bluish green colour and tan indumentum. This indumentum on the under surfaces gives some protection against drought. This plant is cold hardy to -20°F (-29°C) ‘Pink Parasol’ is a slow grower, only reaching about three feet in ten years and often twice as wide as it is tall.

Hybridized by Francis Hanger of Exbury Estates in the UK, and registered by American David Leach. .