Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society
Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at 7:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
Next Meeting: Our next regular meeting will be October 11, 2017
Speaker: Garth Wedemire
Subject: Choosing Rhododendron Species for your Garden
About Garth Wedemire
As a 4-year-old, Garth was caught picking roses from the rectory garden in his hometown of Seaford Town, Jamaica. Explaining to the priest that the little bouquet was meant as a gift for the priest,
Garth demonstrated early on that he was not only fascinated with plants and flowers, but quick-witted and keen to share his love of plants with others.
He first joined the Vancouver Rhododendron Society in 1975 and remains a member to this day. He was also one of the founding members of the Fraser Valley Rhododendron Chapter. Garth is the recipient of two Bronze medals – one from the
Vancouver Chapter and one from the Fraser ValleyChapter. He received a Silver Medal from the American Rhododendron Society in 2013. Relying on the knowledge he gained as a math and computer studies teacher, Garth has been instrumental in developing and maintaining many of the websites of the chapters in District 1, and currently is the webmaster for the District 1 site.
His love of the genus rhododendron is manifested in his plant-hunting travels to Nepal and China and his visits to many gardens throughout Canada, the U.S.,
New Zealand, and Great Britain. He is an avid photographer and chronicler of species
rhododendrons as well as being a Board member of the Rhododendron Species Foundation.
Garth lives with his wife Sue in Comox where he is always ready to set a new cutting, create a new garden bed, mentor anyone interested in growing rhododendrons and a myriad of other plants, and read any book on plants and plant-hunters. As a
life-long learner Garth is keen to learn from others, and as a life-long teacher he is always sharing his practical know-how with anyone interested
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