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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 February 13th meeting will feature guest speaker Mr. Geoffrey Ball, Executive Director of Milner Gardens & Woodland.

Geoff Ball earned his horticultural training in the program at VIU, and has been associated with Milner Gardens for 18 years. For the past 11 years, he has been the Executive Director and has guided the Garden, and surrounding Woodland, through many changes and improvements without ever losing sight of the original vision.

Geoff ‘s presentation will give an overview of Milner Gardens & Woodland and an update on the new species garden.

Doors open at 7 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30. So be on time, as the presentations begin the evening program.

 

 

Rhododendron of the Month:

‘PJM’ (Peter John Mezitt)

‘PJM’ has a compact growth habit to about 3 ft. (100cm) tall, with small oval leaves that have a pleasant, spicy scent. Foliage ranges from dark green in spring to a beautiful rich mahogany-red in fall and winter. The pink flowers appear in mid-April. The plant grows well in full shade and will even tolerate afternoon sun.

‘PJM’ is the most popular hardy rhododendron in North America, a perfect complement to yellow daffodils in the spring garden, and an attractive four season shrub. Hardy to -24 °C (-10 F) in most areas.

Hybridized in 1972 by Ed Mezitt, owner of Weston Nurseries in Weston Massachusetts. He named the plant after his father, Peter John Mezitt… thus the initials ‘PJM’.