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.

December 4th executive meeting:

The December 4th, 2018 executive meeting will be held at the home of Joanne & Doug Williams, 614 Jubilee Court in Comox. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the November minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting. 

December 11th general meeting:

As it is every year, the December general meeting will be our annual potluck Christmas dinner and party. The executive members will be setting up the hall between 4 and 5 PM with the doors opening for members to arrive at 5. Those attending are asked to bring along a favourite dish to share (enough for 8) for the dinner at 6 PM. Not sure what to bring? Please contact one of our executive members. Once again, an evening filled with fun, food and fellowship will highlight the December 11th gathering. Hope to see many of our members there.

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!


Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Pink Parasol’

‘Pink Parasol’ is one of the Yak cultivars, with excellent shape and masses of flowers. The campanula flower trusses are about 3 inches across with a pale mauve/pink colour and a lightly spotted orange yellow throat. ‘Pink Parasol’ blooms pink in June, with the colour fading to white as flowering progresses. Best flowering is achieved when planted in good light.

New growth is also extremely attractive with silvery felted leaves. The leaves are flat about 4 inches long with a bluish green colour and tan indumentum. This indumentum on the under surfaces gives some protection against drought. This plant is cold hardy to -20°F (-29°C) ‘Pink Parasol’ is a slow grower, only reaching about three feet in ten years and often twice as wide as it is tall.

Hybridized by Francis Hanger of Exbury Estates in the UK, and registered by American David Leach. .