Hawaii Chapter American Rhododendron Society

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Coming Events
  • Next Meeting: Mar. 15, Kea’au Community Center
  • Time: 12:00
  • Speaker J.Friday -Rapid Ohia Death....Raffle....pot up vireya.
  • 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: On the left at the end of the cul-de-sac behind the Police Dept. (across from the Post Office) on Old Volcano Rd. in Kea’au
  • Upcoming:
    • April 19, 2015 - 1 pm: Kea’au Community Center: Annual meeting & elections. Electing a Secretary, Treasurer & a Board Member 12 pm gather for pot luck lunch: eat at 12:20pm
    • May 17, 2015 - Details coming: Sandy & Everett Pang’s Protea Farm.. Waimea “not only do we do protea(cuts and potted), but also vireyas, camellias, azaleas, natives, citrus, mainland type fruits, what ever other fruit trees that will grow here, succulents, herbs etc on a commercial basis—shipping liners to oahu, a little wholesale to the west side of the big island and also we do the Waimea homestead farmers market on Saturday mornings. Just to let you know that we are not limited to proteas. The pincushions will be at their peak Feb/March.” Sandy & Everett Pang..
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From the Hawaii ARS Chapter

From the March Viva Vireya Newsletter

Aloha, Thanks to whomever ordered the rains. It was most welcome although not quite in time for some of my new vireyas. How annoying to grow them out from cuttings for 18 months and then not have a good way to get water to them. I am still thinking hard on a solution but the easiest solution may just be to have a small catchment tank at the top of the property and gravity feed water to the plants when necessary. It rained on the Hilo Library truss show day and that may have affected the turnout but, according to the Head Librarian, the turnout of 50+ was average for a Saturday. Everyone received a potted truss and most went home with a 4” potted vireya. 14 people signed up for a free newsletter! Several former members came and reconnected with us. It was fun to talk story with them. Peter Adams allowed me to bring 21 plants in bloom to show the wide variety of colors, flower sizes, and plant sizes. There was tiny “Periwinkle “ all the way up to “Aleksandr” although the brilliant red “Yoshi and Marge“ in full bloom was by far the most talked about plant there. Sherla Bertelmann put together an outstanding Power Point presentation with 70 slides (8 minutes) about vireyas that looped through the day. She also brought plants in 4” pots to give away. Any extra plants were left there and the Hilo Library gardeners plan to put a couple of them in the center courtyard. Richard Rhodes bought the Oasis, Superthrive, and plastic pots for rooting the trusses. Lee Steiger, our new Treasurer, trimmed everyone's trusses and put them in the Oasis with specific instructions not to touch for four months. Lastly, a big mahalo to the library staff for all their help with scheduling, moving tables, cleaning up our mess, publicizing the event with a beautiful flyer, etc. It started slow and then got really busy as we were trying to leave so 9-noon turned into 9-12:40 pm or so. Chuck, Sherla, myself, Marijean & Donna & Ron all supplied trusses. There was plenty. Thank You.. Viva Vireya! Bill Miller

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