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.
Our April 10th guest speaker will be Mr. Bernie Dinter of Dinter’s Nursery in Duncan, BC. Bernie will speak to us on “Trends in the Nursery Business.”
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:
‘Cherries and Merlot’
‘Cherries and Merlot’ is a dwarf rhododendron which grows 3’ tall in 10 years. It has medium-sized round trusses of bright red flowers with white stamens on a bed of pointed green, deeply veined leaves. It blooms early in the season, likes filtered to full sun and is hardy to 0ºF (-18ºC)
A real surprise awaits you though by turning those green leaves over to reveal the bright red, or “Merlot”, colour on this superior plant. Hybridized by Frank Fujioka of Whidbey Is., WA in 2001.