Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society (CVRS) based in Duncan, British Columbia on southern Vancouver Island and recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. We are affiliated with the American Rhododendron Society and the BC Council of Garden Clubs. Our Society has about 75 members from the local area who are passionate about Rhododendrons which mean “rose tree” in Latin.
The CVRS publishes monthly newsletters and hosts monthy meetings with educational speakers, presentations and demonstrations. Tours of local and regional gardens are offered to CVRS and affiliate American Rhodo Society members.
The CVRS also sponsors and organizes the annual Cowichan Valley Garden Fair, where members and the general public can purchase often hard-to-find rhodos and other plants to beautify your garden. The Garden Fair is also the venue for the rhododendron Truss (flower) show. Our knowledgeable members are available to share their amazing knowledge of rhodos with you and even teach you how to propagate new rhodos from seed or cuttings. Each year we select a local community garden that we contribute new plants to promote rhododendrons. We would love to have you join our society, meet new friends, have fun and enjoy learning about rhodos. Just send us an email in the contact section.
The Public Rhododendrons Gardens of Vancouver Island
by Ian E. Efford
A long-time Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society member has authored this excellent book (2015) about Vancouver Island’s rhododendron gardens. It includes descriptions of gardens to visit, maps, and beautiful photographs of both rhododendrons and gardens. You can contact Shirley Efford at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CVRS to purchase a copy
View 25-Year History of our Chapter
Ian Efford has published the “Rhodo Book” (December 2013). This book contains a 25-year history of the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society. View the “Rhodo Book”: Celebrating The First 25 Years – by Ian Efford and the first errata.