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.

Thank you and Congratulations:

Once again the NIRS would like to thank the members of the public who supported our two major fund raisers for the year – the April 28th Plant Sale and the May 12th Mother’s Day Garden Tour. Both were a tremendous success!
We congratulate Margaret Summerfield of Comox winner of R. ‘Dora Amateis’ at our sale, and Paulette Weighill of Campbell River winner of ‘PJM’ for the Garden Tour draw.

NIRS is on Summer Hiatus! Our next meeting will be Sept. 10, 2019.
“See you in September!”

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.

Rhododendron of the Month:

 ‘Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear is prized for its foliage, more so than the soft pink flowers that appear for a brief period in the spring.  It forms a compact rounded evergreen shrub. The hairy underside on the leaves (called indumentum) is an attractive feature with an added benefit; it seems to be a deterrent to the rhododendron lace bug which is plaguing azaleas and rhodos in many gardens. It’s happiest in part sun situation with even moisture.

Introduced by Briggs Nursery of Elma, WA in 1991, ‘Teddy Bear’ is a small evergreen shrub that grows to 3 ft in 10 years (1.2m tall) with glossy, dark green leaves and orange/ brown indumentum. With parentage of bureavii x degronianum ssp yakushimanum, this rhododendron is hardy to -10°F ( -23°C) and a welcome addition to any garden.