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.

October 9th regular meeting:

Our October 9th guest speaker will be Susan Murray from Langley, who will present “Fabulous Gardens and Unusual Plants of Southern Africa”.

Susan visited South Africa and Namibia last October and has wonderful images to share with us. Nine of the seventeen beautiful South African gardens she visited will be highlighted. Susan will also talk about South African flower exports, her favourite Southern African trees, and introduce the plants of the southern cape heathlands or Fynbos. If you want a primer on Fynbos, visit: http://pza.sanbi.org/vegetation/fynbos-biome.

Doors open at 7 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 interested in NIRS membership welcome to attend. 

November 6th executive meeting:

The November 6, 2018 executive meeting will be held at the home of Antje Guertler, 2261 Tamarack Dr. in East Courtenay. The meeting will begin at 10 AM and members are asked to review the October minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting. 


Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Lemon Dream’

‘Lemon Dream’ has abundant, frilly, lemon yellow flowers, sometimes double, that adorn this lovely rhododendron in mid-May. Growth habit is low (2 Ft. in 10 years) and compact. The dark green rounded foliage has a touch of cinnamon indumentum underneath with new growth having a powdery indumentum on top. It is hardy to 0°F  (-18°C)

Hybridized by S. McCulloch of Olympia, WA. in 1983 using parents ‘Creamy Chiffon’ x degronianum ssp. degronianum ‘Exbury’.