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.

February 5th Executive Meeting: 

The February 5th, 2019 executive meeting will be held at the home of Garth Wedemire & Sue Grant at 669 Jubilee Court in Comox.
The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the January minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.

February 12th General Meeting:

Our guest speaker for the February 12th meeting will be NIRS associate member, John Deniseger as he presents “Why Do I Garden?”

John is a retired biologist, an avid gardener, outdoor enthusiast and past president of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society. He is also a member of the Milner Gardens and Woodland Board and the Greig Rhododendron Species Garden Advisory Group. 

As John says… “Gardeners tend to be pretty focused on how to grow their favourite plants, building compost, fertilizing, weeding, thumbing through plant catalogues, buying plants and just generally getting caught up in their own enthusiasm and passion.   What draws us to something that constantly gives us aching knees, sore backs and dirty fingernails?”  John will take a step back to look at gardening from a different perspective – Why do I garden?


Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Patriot’s Dream’

Patriot’s Dream’ is a choice, small rhododendron for any garden being a hybrid cross between ‘Carmen’ x degronianum ssp. yakushimanum. The plant is a small grower, becoming 15″ tall x 2 ft wide over 10 years. The flowers are a true red in loose clusters; bell-shaped and nestle among glossy small leaves. The leaves are the best part, being very small and shiny, with a silver tomentum on the new growth, making it one of the best looking plants in the garden. This plant is one of the smallest growing rhododendron hybrids available. Hardy to -24 °C (-10 °F)