Hawaii Chapter American Rhododendron Society

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About Our Chapter
Coming Events
  • Next Meeting: Jan. 17 - (Saturday) Garden Visit
  • Time: 12:00
  • Harry Messenheimer’s garden in Leilani Estates. Please car pool if you can. If you need a ride call Bill Miller at 982-8290.
  • Agenda: Pot luck lunch. You will need to bring your own chairs and drinks. The chapter will provide tables and eating utensils for lunch.
  • Directions: Check newsletter
  • Upcoming:
    • Feb. 21, 2015 - (3rd Saturday) Main library in downtown Hilo. 9am to 1pm.. We will be giving away plants, trusses & information. (8:30 am set-up)
    • March 15, 2015 ..Vireya meeting Kea’au Community Center
    • April 19, 2015 - Annual meeting & elections Kea’au Community Center
Lists and Links

From the Hawaii ARS Chapter

From the January Viva Vireya Newsletter

Aloha again, Well, what a fun meeting! A lot of nice things were brought to raffle-off. They filled 6 tables! The gift exchange was fun. We had over 100 trusses at the meeting! The hula dancers just made the whole day brighter and happier for me. I was going to try to thank people for all the things they did but I will miss someone, for sure. Instead, I will say what people did to bring the day together. They brought greenery, raffle items by the score, moved tables, brought trusses, made signs and setup the raffle. The lunch menu included cooked pork , chicken, turkey rice soup, salads, desserts (oh my), coffee, drinks and water. Lastly was jury rigging a broken window and cleaning up. So our 12 Days of Christmas numbers were: $182 from the raffle 15 “Toys for Tots” items 27 members Between these two numbers was the amount of things John Callahan won 9 hula dancers 3 guests 1 new treasurer 1 80 year old guy who drove from Kona (Dennis Rees) 1 mystery Santa who brought 13 potted “noname” vireyas, a basket full of trusses, and some cookies. They were left at the door when I opened the building. Mahalo Santa! Please make note of the changed meeting dates for Jan. & Feb. from the 3rd Sunday to the 3rd Saturday, a day earlier. See the last page for more information. Happy New Year & Viva Vireya, Bill

FYI—12th annual Betty Crocker Landscape Awards, sponsored by Scenic Hawaii:

The awards honor backyard group and individual projects that make significant contributions to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the state. There are various categories: private individual's backyard, professional landscaping projects, and xeriscape gardens. To nominate a garden or landscape, write a short letter describing the project and submit at least 5 photos that showcase the best features of the garden. Nominations can be submitted by email to bettycrockerawards@gmail.com or by mail to Betty Crocker Awards, c/o PBR Hawaii & Associates, 1001 Bishop St., Suite 650, Honolulu, HI 96817. Deadline is Sept. 5th. Submitted by Rene Siracusa

International Vireya Seminar - February 22, 2014

By any method of reckoning the 5th Vireya Seminar was a resounding success. Speakers from Australia, Scotland and America spoke about a wide range of topics. A resounding MAHALO to: George Argent - vireya conservation, Dennis Bottemiller - construction of the Fran Rutherford Conservatory, Christy Hartsell - growing vireyas in marginal climates (in pots no less!), Steve Hootman - hunting vireyas in Papua New Guinea, Andrew Rouse - hunting vireyas in Australia. I would say the participants learned a lot about the world of vireyas!

As the time for action drew near, the members came through with money, printer ink, name tags, post cards, calendars, time (too many hours to count), updating the website, stuffing bags, purchasing various supplies and utensils, making coffee and lilikoi juice, opening their gardens for tours, mailing flyers, driving garden tour vans, publicizing the event, preparing and cooking amazing food, bringing decorative flowers, setting up and taking down chairs, cleaning up, manning registration tables, and some things that were forgotten in the mad dash to the finish. The seminar finished with an outstanding potluck dinner and hula show! MAHALO to all the members who participated with either time, money, expertise, food, or other items.

Mahalo to Sherla Bertelmann, the Seminar Chairwoman, Registrar, Volunteer Coordinator, etc, who orchestrated the event from beginning to end. Attendees came from as far away as Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto, Canada; Melbourne, Australia and as close as our own backyard.

Mahalo to everyone who participated, the Hawaii Chapter members hope you had an amazing experience.

More Lists and Links!
Some Favorite Vireya Rhododendrons
Cephus - VOY 2013
R. zoelleri 'Decimus' Ivory Coast
Thirtieth of June The Star