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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.

 

Special Notice: 

Due to the January 1st, 2019 holiday falling on Tuesday, our executive has decided to hold the January Executive meeting on Tuesday, January 8th and the General meeting on Tuesday, January 15th. Please mark your calendars for these important changes!

January 8th executive meeting:

The January 8th, 2019 executive meeting will be held at the home of Judi Murakami, 565 19th Street in Courtenay. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the December minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting. 

January 15th general meeting:

To start off the New Year, our January 15th, 2019 general meeting will be an educational one. NIRS Members Judy Walker, Wolfgang Hoefgen, Nadine Boudreau, Maureen Denny and Garth Wedemire will give short presentations on garden related topics of their expertise. Be sure not to miss this winter meeting in order to learn more about the many aspects of gardening.

 

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)