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.

All NIRS activities suspended!

Due to concerns surrounding the Covid-19 virus, all NIRS meetings, events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice.  


Rhododendron of the Month:   ‘Blue Baron’

Rarely does a rhododendron that has ‘blue’ in its name, actually look blue. However, this one really does! A hybrid consisting of the species Rhododendron augustinii, Rhododendron rusatum, and Rhododendron minus, the plant will be low growing to 2 feet in 10 years. Leaves are oblong about 2” long and grows with compact, mounding habit that requires protection from winter winds.
Cold hardy to -10°F (-23°C) this plant has clusters of near-blue, trumpet shaped flowers with lavender throats. ‘Blue Baron’ was hybridized in 1981 by E. V. Mezitt, of Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, Massachusetts.