Rhododendrons: Beauty, Diversity, and Culture
In this seminar, Chris will give us an in-depth look into our native shrub while introducing us to its many varieties which have come into our gardens from all over the globe. She’ll teach us where rhodos fit into our garden designs. She will address the basic needs and care of the species as well as proper garden placement, planting and transplanting tips, and pest control.
This is a FREE course that will take place virtually on Zoom. *Please register in advance by clicking on the REGISTER button or emailing NanaimoHarbourfront@virl.bc.ca.*
*Prior to the event, you’ll receive the Zoom link that you’ll need to join the class in your email. Please make sure to include an email address in your registration so that you can be sent the ZOOM link and other important information.* NOTE: Registration confirmation is not automated, but will be sent manually prior to the event. As long as you have submitted the registration form, you will be added to the list to receive this email.
About the Instructor:
Chris Southwick is a rhododendron expert whose expertise is a legacy from her grandparents, Ted and Mary Greig, pioneering rhododendron and alpine plant enthusiasts on Vancouver Island. She became an active member of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society (NRS) in 1994. After her retirement as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Nanaimo she was free to pursue her love of rhododendrons while she grew her garden of several hundred rhododendrons, many native flowering plants, ferns, Japanese maples, dogwoods, primulas, and vegetables. Chris has judged rhododendrons for several gardening clubs and was honoured with the NRS Bronze medal in 2008. She serves on a committee that created the Greig Rhododendron Species Garden at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach and serves on the Milner Garden board of directors. Chris is currently Vice President of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society and active Past President of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
The Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA) is a chapter of the Master Gardeners Association, an international service society of specially trained volunteers who teach science-based sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners. VIMGA is one of the 5 chapters in the British Columbia Association and partnering with the Victoria chapter, specializes in the stewardship of Vancouver Island’s unique environment.