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 2nd executive meeting:

The October 2nd, 2018 executive meeting will be held at the home of Noni & Dave Godfrey, 4686 Montrose Drive in Union Bay. The meeting will begin at 10 AM and members are asked to review the September minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.  

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.

Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘September  Song’

‘September Song’ is a compact rhodo, which grows to approximately 4′ in 10 years and is cold hardy to 5°F (-15°C). It buds young and freely, and has great foliage that is olive green and medium sized. It prefers lightly filtered sun and produces large trusses of trumpet flowers with orange-yellow-peachy colours!

Hybridized in 1988 by Dr. Carl Phetteplace in Eugene, Oregon, ‘September Song’ is a cross between R. dicoranthum x decorum ‘Dido’ and R. fortune ‘Fawn’.