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. Doors open at 7 PM with meetings beginning at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.
Our next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12th will be our annual members’ potluck Christmas dinner and party. The festivities begin at 5 PM with dinner around 6 PM.
Members are asked to bring their offering of an appetizer, entrée or dessert to compliment the meal, along with their own cutlery and drink cups. Hot cider, coffee and tea will be provided, along with a cooked ham and dinner rolls with butter.
Following the meal, our traditional Trivia game, as well as Heads or Tails games (bring $5 worth of Loonies if you wish to participate) will add to the evening’s enjoyment. We hope to see our many members attend and join in the fun!
Rhododendron of the Month:
‘Christmas Cheer’ and its near-twin ‘Rosa Mundi’ have no rivals in their bloom time of late winter. One of the earliest blooming rhododendrons, it has been known to break buds in December, but usually in January to early February and they last for nearly a month. The flowers are openly funnel-shaped, 5 cm across, pink in bud, opening white flushed pink, fading to very pale pink, almost white. This broadleaf evergreen shrub grows to about 4 ft. in 10 years is low mounding and has a very dense habit that is drought tolerant. Cold hardy to – 10° F (-23° C).
Hybridized by T. Methven in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1895.