February North Island Rhododendron Society meeting

On those early spring days when you hobble into the house all aches and pains after working in the garden, you may ask yourself: Why on earth do I do this? If you don’t already know the answer deep down, John Deniseger has a perspective that promises to guide you through the hidden mysteries behind your personal masochism.

Deniseger, a retired biologist who spent 32 years with the BC Ministry of Environmental Protection, will be the guest presenter at the Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting of the North Island Rhododendron Society (NIRS). His talk will look beyond the aching knees, sore backs and grimy fingernails to extract the reasons why we feel drawn to compost and soil, and what lies beyond our addiction to the sight of growing things.

Among his credits, Deniseger received the BC Premier’s Legacy Award, and has been inducted into the BC Hall of Excellence. Now that he’s retired, as an avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast, Deniseger is testing out his feelings about building a garden from scratch at his new home in Bowser.

NIRS meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at the United Church hall, 250 Beach Ave. in Comox. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the presentation is at 7:30. Refreshments, as well as a selection of plants and books, are available for purchase. Anyone interested in NIRS membership is welcome to attend.

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