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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.

Sept. 3rd Executive Meeting:

The Sept. 3rd, 2019 executive meeting will be held at the home of President Maureen Denny 1515 Balsam Ave. in Comox. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the June executive meeting minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.

Sept. 10th Monthly Meeting:

Our guest speaker for the September 10th 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:  ‘Rubicon’


R. ‘Rubicon’  is an excellent addition to any garden. The main reason being that ‘Rubicon’ probably has the very best foliage of any rhododendron. It will quite often bloom over an extended period of time, giving rich red color for March, April and even May. ‘Rubicon’ can grow in full sun or in a shady area as well, always having lovely dark-green shiny foliage

Hybridized by Ron Gordon of New Zealand in 1980, the cross is ‘Noyo Chief’ x ‘Kilimanjaro’. This hybrid has inherited the glossy foliage from Rhododendron ‘Noyo Chief’, yet is a much smaller growing plant. The leaves are very shiny and medium in size. It is hardy to 5°F (-15°C) and over time, ‘Rubicon’ will grow to 5 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide, with no stems showing.