North Island Rhododendron Society (NIRS) tradition demands the return of the ever-popular “Panel of Experts” to launch the new year. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, five NIRS members will speak and answer questions on a number of themes in their areas of expertise. Introduced by moderator Dave Godfrey, Judy Walker kicks off the panel with a demonstration and discussion on tools (both familiar and special) for the garden followed by Wolfgang Hoefgen with advice most gardeners can use to keep those tools clean, sharpened and in top condition.
With spring a time for renewal, Nadine Boudreau will discuss garden planning or redesign. Nadine’s gardens have always been a favourite on NIRS Mother’s Day tours and she has recently created a special garden in her new home. To complement the planning, current NIRS president Maureen Denny has a list of recommended books essential for maintaining everything from soil to where to place shrubs. Garth Wedemire (who looks after the NIRS website) rounds out the panel with tips on how to access the best websites online for information on rhodo culture.
The meeting is at the Comox United Church (250 Beach Avenue) with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Guests interested in NIRS membership are welcome.